"An endless stream of babies coming out" - Mother of 9 describes incredible birth and daily routine
"All I could think about was how would I look after them."
A mum, who gave birth to nine (yes, nine!) babies has opened up about her birth experience and we must admit we're in awe of her. We will never ever complain about having to change only one child's nappy again.
Halima Cisse welcomed nine babies into the world in the May of this year. The mum's story quickly went global and she has now given the public an update, almost three months after her nine babies were born.
The 26-year-old said she is currently going through 100 nappies and six liters of milk per day.
Could you imagine how much nappies alone cost her?
According to the Daily Mail, the mum said her babies, who were reportedly conceived naturally, are still in hospital. The babies only weighed between one and two pounds when they were born and need round the clock care.
The mum said she spends 30 minutes twice a day with her babies. She explained that she is still exhausted from birth and spends most of her time sleeping or watching TV.
She said she is still recovering and needs a lot of rest because of how weak she feels.
Mali's 25-year-old Halima Cisse sets the world record for the Most Children to Survive in a Single Birth.
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"Giving birth to one child is hard enough but having nine is unimaginable. It's astonishing the amount of work that is involved in looking after them."
"I'm grateful to the medical team that are doing all the hard work and the Government of Mali for funding this."
It took 20 minutes for all nine babies to be born via C-Section.
Doctors were concerned some of the babies wouldn't make it but revealed they're doing well and improving.
"The health of some of the babies has improved significantly and not all nine need to be in intensive care. But we are keeping them there until all of them are stronger and to help them to bond. This is the most incredible case that I have been involved in during my career," said Professor Yousef Aloui.
"Our main challenge was to protect the babies and the mother, and I think we have achieved that," he added.
The mum believed she was expecting seven babies but was stunned when two additional family members were born.
"As the babies were coming out, there were so many questions going through my mind. I was very aware of what was going on and it seemed as if there was an endless stream of babies coming out of me," she said.
"My sister was holding my hand but all I could think about was how would I look after them and who was going to help me?" she confessed.
Doctors feared for her health during the delivery. They believe the mum's stomach alone weighed 30kg and she suffered extreme blood loss during her labour.
The mum said she is grateful to still be here.
"I don't have to get up in the night if the babies start crying because the nurses deal with all of that, so I manage to get plenty of sleep. I'm lucky to be alive and have all this support."
Halima and her husband Kader Arby are already parents to a 2-year-old daughter. They also admitted that they haven't ruled out having more children in the future.
However, the parents, who have a three-bedroom house, are currently looking for somewhere else to live for when their babies can finally come home.
Doctors plan to keep the babies in hospital for another two months. The Malian government has covered the mum's £1 million hospital bill.
Mrs Cisse gave birth to four boys and five girls.
She called them Kadidia, Mohammed , Fatouma, Oumar, Hawa, Adama, Bah, Oumou, and El Hadji.
The parents said their main goal is to return to Timbuktu where they will raise their children.