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World’s record-breaking nonuplets return to Mali

Halima Cisse, 26, (left) is pictured for the first time with her husband Kader Arby, 35, (right) and their nine babies in Morocco

The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – have safely returned to Mali, their home country.

The parents and their nine babies arrived at the airport in the capital, Bamako, in the small hours of Tuesday and were welcomed by Health Minister Diéminatou Sangaré.

They had been living in a flat with medical support in the Moroccan city of Casablanca since leaving the Ain Borja clinic, where the babies were born on 4 May 2021.

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They broke the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered in a single birth to survive.

The babies – five girls and four boys – were conceived using in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment and were delivered by C-section.

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