A woman has become a mum-of-nine by giving birth to nonuplets after doctors missed two of her babies in a scan.
Halima Cisse, 25, from Mali, captured the attention of the West African nation when she delivered her nine babies via C-section on Tuesday.
Doctors originally thought she would give birth to seven babies after she had an ultrasound.
She was flown to Morocco for specialist care in March and this is where she gave birth.
Mali’s health minister Fanta Siby said: “The newborns (five girls and four boys) and the mother are all doing well.”
Doctors missed two of Ms Cisse’s children in the ultrasound scans.
Nonuplets are extremely rare and medical complications associated with multiple births often mean that some of the babies do not reach full term.
Ms Cisse spent two weeks in Point G Hospital in the Malian capital of Bamako before she was transferred to Morocco after the intervention of Mali’s President of Transition Bah N’Daw.
She was admitted to the Moroccan clinic on March 20 and finally gave birth on Tuesday.
It is currently unclear if her pregnancy was due to In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which is one of the more common causes of multiple births, how much the babies weigh, or how far along she was in her pregnancy.
The first recorded set of nonuplets was in Sydney in the 1971, with two stillborn and none of the babies survived more than a week.
Similarly in another case in Malaysia, in 1999, all nine of the babies died shortly after birth.
The nonuplet news comes after a woman who didn’t know she was pregnant gave birth on board an airplane.
It was not the kind of arrival Lavinia Mounga was expecting as she flew from Salt Lake City in the US to Honolulu.
She was flying to Hawaii with her family last week when she began having contractions.
“Overwhelmed in the best ways,” she tweeted on Saturday after the in-flight delivery that followed went viral.
A fellow passenger shared footage of the heart warming moment the whole cabin burst into applause after a stunned Lavinia gave birth birth mid-flight.