The nine babies that arrived at 30 weeks still remain under the care of the clinic where they were born.
Five girls and Four boys broke the Guinness World Record after celebrating their first birthday together. Halima Cissé and her husband Abdelkader Arby welcomed their nonuplets on May 4, 2021. The nine babies that arrived at 30 weeks still remain under the care of the clinic where they were born. Their father told BBC Afrique on Wednesday that all the kids are "in perfect health."
"They're all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something," said the doting father about his daughters Fatouma, Adama, Kadidia, Hawa, and Oumou, as well as sons Oumar, Bah, Mohammed VI, and Elhadji. While having a big family brings Arby great joy he did admit that taking care of them can be "tiring at times."
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However, the father said that the fatigue fades away when he and his wife think about how fortunate they were to have welcomed their nine healthy kids recently. The pair also has a daughter 3-year-old Souda. "It's not easy but it's great," he shared. As for the children's mother, Cissé she was transferred to a clinic in Morocco shortly before she gave birth to her babies.
According to Guinness World Records, Arby stayed back in Mali to take care of his eldest child as his wife prepared to give birth to her nonuplets. He was able to join his family in Mali last year in October.
Mali's minister of health and social development, Dr. Fanta Siby announced in a statement last year that they were initially expecting the 26-year-old to give birth to 26 children. "So you can imagine our surprise when we discovered nine of them during the birth," expressed Dr. Youssef Alaoui from Casablanca Ain Borja Clinic during an interview with TODAY.
"Luckily this didn't faze us, since we have one of the largest neonatal resuscitation services in Morocco. Our teams were ready to welcome these children into the world and able to treat them in the best conditions," noted Alaoui. Cissé's children broke the world record which was previously held by "Octomom" Nadya Suleman's eight kids.
"Nonuplets are extremely rare, and until the arrival of the Cissé children, no cases had been recorded of nine babies from a single birth surviving for more than a few hours," noted the record-keeping organization, adding that the development of the nine babies is carefully and continuously being monitored at the clinic where they were born. Meanwhile, their family is all set to celebrate the milestone occasion with a small bash. "Nothing is better than the first year," he said. "We will remember this great moment we are going to experience."
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