A mother who gave birth to nine babies nearly died of blood loss during delivery, doctors have found.
Halma Cisse, from Mali in West Africa, had a hard time under the weight of six stones from her unborn nonuplets and her amniotic fluid before going into labor.
During her caesarean section, medics fought to save her after the 26-year-old suffered a bleeding in her uterine artery.
An army of 18 nurses placed the newborns in incubators while a radiologist struggled to stem the flow of blood.
The premature babies are still ventilated and must remain under specialist care for an additional 12 weeks before they can breathe unassisted.
Halma had been flown to Morocco for specialist medical care before she was born just seven months after her pregnancy.
Now doctors are working around the clock to take care of the premature nonuplets.
“They don’t have digestive tracts to take in food,” said Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja Clinic The times.
“A small infection in a premature baby can be fatal in a matter of hours.”
Halma’s husband, Kader Arby, said the babies were “gifts from God”.
The 35-year-old soldier told the daily mail He can’t wait to meet his kids.
“I was in constant contact with my wife, but I had to stay in our Mali home to take care of our other little daughter, who is only two years and five months old.
“Travel is of course difficult because of the pandemic, but we are arranging a trip for next week.
“It will be very joyful and we will thank God all the time.”
The happy couple married during a three-day celebration in Timbuktu in December 2017.
The President of Mali himself, Bah Ndaw, congratulated, among other things, on a phone call.
When asked if names had been chosen for the five girls and four boys, Kader laughed and said, “We’ll see!”
At first the doctors thought that Halma was carrying seven babies, which quickly aroused the fascination of her home country.
President Ndaw ordered her to be sent to Morocco in March because she needed special care.
The mother-to-be was in a hospital in Mali’s capital Bamako before being taken to Morocco on March 30, her husband said.
She then gave birth on Tuesday at the Ain Borja Clinic in Casablanca five weeks after her stay.
The clinic’s medical director, Prof. Youssef Alaoui, said the case was “extremely rare, it is exceptional”.
A team of 10 doctors and 25 paramedics helped with the delivery.
Halma and Kader’s other daughter is called Souda and has stayed in touch with her mother via video calls.