After 19 months living in an intensive care clinic, the joyous parents of nine babies finally return home.
Mother Halima Cissé, 27, and her husband Abdelkader Arby, 36, from Mali met with their family and friends in the country’s capital, Bamako, on Tuesday before heading to Timbuktu, their new home.
Families and friends were glad to see them – the parents and children spent almost two years at the Ain Borja specialist clinic in Casablanca, Morocco, following the birth of their non-twins in May 2021.
The record-breaking nine babies make up of five girls and four boys hold the Guinness World Record for the most children to survive a single birth.
Joining their older sister Soda’s four, making 10 children in all.
'It has been a long wait, with many tears, but the babies are now in top shape and everyone is delighted to be back home. 'They are getting a lot of support from the Malian government and, God willing, they are now going to enjoy a beautiful new home in Timbuktu. 'It has been specially designed for a very large family and is equipped with everything they need. 'The children have gotten stronger every day and they really get along with each other, they are really very cute. 'There was a lot of excitement when they left the clinic in Casablanca, they saw the staff there as family, but the plan was always to go home as soon as possible,' a close friend of the family says.
The nine babies were born prematurely via caesarean section as the children weighed between 500 grams and 1 kilogram at birth.
The family had to move to a nearby apartment where they enjoy 24-hour care from designated staffs.