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On Cloud Nine — a Malian couple welcomes nonuplets

The day after the leak of the US Supreme Court’s draft of a repudiation of Roe v. Wade, Mohammed VI Arby, Oumar Arby, Elhadji Arby, Bah Arby, Kadidia Arby, Fatouma Arby, Hawa Arby, Adama Arby and Oumou Arby celebrated their first birthday in a hospital in Morocco. (Mohammed VI was named after the King of Morocco.)

The world’s first set of nonuplets are in “perfect health”, their father, Abdelkader Arby, an officer in the army of Mali, told BBC Afrique. “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something.”  

No doubt if they had the misfortune to have been conceived in the United States, doctors would have conducted a “foetal reduction” to ensure the health of the mother. However, their mother, 26-year-old Halima Cissé is healthy and happy. “It’s not easy but it’s great,” said Mr Arby. “Even if it’s tiring at times, when you look at all the babies in perfect health, [in a line] from right to left we’re relieved. We forget everything. “

The couple already had a three-year-old daughter, Souda.

Mrs Cissé was flown from Timbuktu, in Mali, to the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, ahead of the birth. Ultrasounds had indicated that there were seven babies, but, to their astonishment, there were nine, four boys and five girls. They were born at 30 weeks by caesarean section.

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