The only nonuplets in the world, born at the same time, celebrate their first birthday. The father of the babies has told the BBC that the babies are much healthier.
“Now everyone is crawling. Some are sitting and can even walk if they are kept somewhere,” said the children’s father, Abdelkader Arby, an officer in the Malian army.
They are still under the care of the clinic in Morocco where they were born. He said their mother Halima Cissé, 26, was also in good health.
“It’s not easy, but it’s wonderful. Even if it’s sometimes tiring, when you look at all the babies in perfect health, [in a row] from right to left, we’re relieved. We forget everything,” he said. he for BBC Afrique.
He has just returned to Morocco for the first time in 6 months, along with their eldest daughter, Souda, three years old.
“I’m excited to be reunited with my whole family – my wife, my children, and me.”
“Nothing is more beautiful than the first year. We will remember this great moment we are experiencing.”
They will just have a little birthday party with the nurses and some people from the building where they live, Arby said. Cissé and the children currently live in what their father described as a “medical residence” belonging to the owners of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca where the babies were born.
“There are nurses who are here, in addition to my wife, who helps to care for the children,” Arby said. “The clinic has given them a menu that says what they should be given to eat all the time – night and day,” he continued.
The babies – 5 girls and 4 boys – were born in the 30th week, according to Mali’s health minister Fanta Siby. They weighed between 500 gr and 1 kg, said Professor Youssef Alaoui, medical director of the Ain Borja clinic for the AFP news agency at the time of birth. They were born by cesarean section.
Babies break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of children born in a single and surviving birth.
Before giving birth, on May 4, 2021, Cissé was sent to Morocco by the Malian government for specialized care.
Multiple births are dangerous and mothers with more than four fetuses at the same time are advised to terminate the pregnancy in some of the countries where abortion is legal. There are also risks that babies may develop health problems due to their premature birth.