THE HUSBAND of a woman who shocked doctors when she gave birth to nine babies has said he's "not worried" by the huge number of tots.
Halima Cisse, 25, and her partner thought she was pregnant with seven babies after medics missed two on the ultrasound.
But to her surprise – and the team of medics in Morocco – the true number of tots was revealed during a nailbiting c-section op.
Her husband, Adjudant Kader Arby, stayed at home with the couple's older daughter while his wife was flown another country for specialist treatment.
But despite having two more children to care for than planned, he says he's "not worried" about the family's future.
"God gave us these children," he told the BBC.
"He is the one to decide what will happen to them. I'm not worried about that.
"When the almighty does something, he knows why."
Ms Cisse joins a small group of mothers of nonuplets worldwide after the safe delivery of five girls and four boys.
All nine of the babies were delivered by caesarean section, Reuters reported.
Nonuplets are extremely rare, with medical complications often arising for both the mother and her babies.
Ms Cisse’s pregnancy attracted the attention of leaders in her home country Mali, and when doctors saw she needed specialist care, authorities flew her to Morocco, where she gave birth.
The private Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca confirmed she gave birth there.
How rare are nonuplets?
A set of nine babies, born at once to the same mother, are called nonuplets.
Nonuplets are extremely rare, with only a few known sets having been born globally.
Medical complications often arise for both the mother and her babies, and it is rare for the babies to survive infancy.
A set of nonuplets were born on June 13, 1971, in Australia, to Geraldine Brodrick and her husband Leonard. Two of the babies were stillborn, while the other babies all died in their first week.
Another set of nonuplets were born on March 26, 1999, in Malaysia. Mum, Zurina Mat Saad, had five boys and four girls, but none of them survived more than six hours.
The clinic's director Youssef Alaoui told Moroccan state TV that they had been contacted by Malian doctors about the case a month and a half ago.
They were not expecting nine babies, he said.
Ms Cisse gave birth prematurely at 30 weeks and is now in stable condition after heavy bleeding for which she was given a blood transfusion.
The babies have been placed in incubators, said Dr Alaoui.
"The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well," Mali's health minister, Fanta Siby, added in a statement.
They were due to return home in several weeks' time, she added.
According to local press reports, doctors had been concerned about Ms Cisse's health, as well as her babies' chances of survival.
Siby went on to offer her congratulations to the "medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy".
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