Maternity ward footage shows the incredible birth of nine babies from a mother.
Halima Cisse, 25, from Mali caught the attention of the West African nation when she gave birth to her nine babies by caesarean section on Tuesday.
Doctors originally thought she would give birth to seven babies after an ultrasound – but two of them were missing from a scan.
Halima, who had flown to Morocco for specialist medical care, gave birth to five girls and four boys – doctors said that all children and mothers are fine.
The footage, taken shortly after birth, shows a team of medical professionals handling the babies while they are being swaddled and examined.
If all nine babies survive, the birth would break the current 2009 world record of ‘Octomum’ Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to eight surviving babies.
Nonuplets are extremely rare, and medical complications associated with multiple births often result in some of the babies not reaching full birth.
Halima spent two weeks at Point G Hospital in the Malian capital, Bamako, before being relocated to Morocco following the intervention of Mali’s Transition President Bah N’Daw.
She was admitted to the Moroccan clinic on March 20 and was born on Tuesday.
It is currently unclear whether her pregnancy was due to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which is one of the most common causes of multiple births, how much the babies weigh or how far along she was in her pregnancy.
The first recorded set of Nonuplets was in Sydney in 1971. Two stillborn babies and none of the babies survived more than a week.
In another case in Malaysia, all nine babies died shortly after birth in 1999.
The nonuplet message comes after a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant gives birth on an airplane.
It wasn’t the kind of arrival Lavinia Mounga expected when she flew to Honolulu from Salt Lake City, USA.
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She was flying to Hawaii with her family last week when she got contractions.
“Overwhelmed in the best way,” she tweeted Saturday after the ensuing in-flight delivery went viral.
A fellow passenger shared footage of the heartwarming moment the entire cabin burst into applause after a drugged Lavinia gave birth to a child mid-flight.