Five girls and four boys were born on the same day - a world record, as many babies have never been born at one time. It's been a year since they were born, but their parents remember that day in great detail.

The world record was officially confirmed by the Ministry of Health of the Mali Republic, altough the births took place in the neighboring country of Morocco. The local authorities asked the neighbors for help, because Mali does not yet have such a level of medicine.

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"She came to us at 25 weeks of pregnancy," Youssef Alaoui, director of the Ain Borja clinic in Casablanca, told the local media. - It was impossible to let her go into labor on her own: she had to be at least 30 weeks pregnant. But she was already in pain, so the decision was made to perform a c-section.

And the doctors were preparing to deliver only seven babies. Yes, she had an ultrasound, but still, either in the hospital in Mali, where Halima spent two weeks, nor in Casablanca the other two babies were seen. They were cleverly hiding behind their siblings.

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"I was only told a few minutes before the birth that there were actually nine children," Halima told the Daily Mail. - I was shocked."

The pregnant woman's belly weighed about 65 lbs. The babies were born in 20 minutes weighing between 1 and 2 lbs. And so far, this is the first time in history that all nine-born babies have survived.

Halima herself was very weak: she lost a lot of blood and almost died in childbirth. Her milk burned out a month after she gave birth. The woman laid in a separate room and visited her babies twice a day for half an hour to, as she says, "form an attachment to them. The young mother had no strength to take care of them - all day long she either slept or received congratulations from her relatives.

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Halima's children used a total of 1.5 gallons of formula and 100 diapers a day. The Malian government has allocated a million pounds sterling to nurse the children.

Because of the pandemic, Halima's husband Kader Arby, a 35-year-old sailor in the Malian navy, could only see the babies in mid-July. Before that, he and Halima could only keep in touch by phone. The couple has been married for four years, and had their eldest daughter two and a half years ago.

"I thank God that they survived," the man can't hold back tears. - That they are getting better, that my wife is recovering. Those 72 hours after the birth, when I couldn't talk to my wife because she was so sick, were the hardest things I've ever had to do. And when I saw the kids, I was speechless - it's still hard to wrap my head around it.

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