Guinness World Record Celebrate Nine Children Delivered at a Single Birth

Guinness World Record Celebrate Nine Children Delivered at a Single Birth


The Guinness World Record celebrate the world’s first surviving nonuplets (9), most children delivered at a single birth to survive more than few hours, as they continue to count years from the date of their birth.

Until the arrival of the Cissé children, there had been no recorded cases of nonuplets surviving more than a few hours after birth.

The Guinness World Record certify the nonuplets in 2022, as their official Guinness World Records title as “most children delivered at a single birth to survive”. The babies were unable to hold and poise with their Guinness World record certificate when it was first presented to them in 2022, but they’ve grown significantly since then and they each now enjoy holding the award – even if that means having to snatch it from another sibling. This record was previously held by eight babies born to Nadya Suleman (USA) aka “Octomom” in 2009.

Guinness World Record Celebrate Nine Children Delivered at a Single Birth

The nonuplets consist of five (5) girls and four (4) boys, the Cissé nonuplets were born prematurely via Caesarean section on 4 May 2021, 30 weeks into the pregnancy. Each baby weighed between 0.5–1 kg (1.1–2.2 lb).

The five (5) girls were named Adama, Oumou, Hawa, Kadidia, and Fatouma while the four (4) boys were named Oumar, Elhadji, Bah and Mohammed VI.

According to reports, the doctors in Mali first thought that Halima was having septuplets (7), but two additional babies were detected after the Malian government flew her to a specialist clinic in Morocco.

After being born, the babies were immediately transferred to incubators and required round-the-clock care for several months. The babies were then moved into a specially equipped flat owned by the clinic, with nurses on hand to help Halima with the unprecedented task of caring for nine newborns.

During this time, the nonuplets’ father, Abdelkader Arby, remained in Mali to look after the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Souda. Souda, now aged six, went from being an only child to suddenly being the eldest of 10 siblings.

Speaking about his children’s world record, Abdelkader said: “We are proud, it’s something exceptional. The family is known worldwide, it’s a great thing.”

In December 2022, aged one and a half years old, the world’s first surviving nonuplets went on their first plane flight. They travelled from Morocco, where they were born and lived for 19 months, to their parents’ home country of Mali.

It is two months away from their third (3rd) birthday, the nonuplets have made their first trip to Europe, visiting Italy to appear on a televised talent show ‘Lo Show dei Record’.

The nonuplets’ mother, Halima Cissé, admitted that it’s not easy putting all her children to bed each night, but they can be coerced with cuddles: “We cuddle them so they can sleep; they really like cuddles to sleep,” she said.

All nine children are healthy and developing well.

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