A Malian woman gave birth to nine babies after medics missed two on her scans and told her she would have seven.
Halima Cisse, 25, and all five girls and four boys are ‘doing fine’ after a cesarean section was carried out successfully in Morocco.
Ms Cisse was flown from the north of the poor West African state to Morocco to make sure the babies were delivered safely after the pregnancy attracted the attention of the West African nation’s leaders.
Mali’s health ministry said in a statement that Cisse had given birth to five girls and four boys by Caesarean section.
‘The newborns and the mother are all doing well,’ Mali’s health minister, Fanta Siby, said in a statement.
The minister added that she had been kept informed by the Malian doctor who accompanied Cisse to Morocco.
Siby offered her congratulations to ‘the medical teams of Mali and Morocco, whose professionalism is at the origin of the happy outcome of this pregnancy’.
They are due to return home in several week’s time.
Cisse was expected to give birth to seven babies, according to ultrasounds conducted in Morocco and Mali that missed two of the siblings.
All were delivered by caesarean section.
Cases of women successfully carrying septuplets to term are rare – and nonuplets even rarer.