- Halima Cisse, a Malian woman who delivered a record-breaking nine babies, said it is tedious work looking after them
- Cisse said the children, six of whom are still in incubators, use 100 nappies daily
- Caring for the nonuplets is costly, and their hospital bill currently stands at KSh 150 million (N378,922,650.60)
A Malian woman who delivered a record-breaking nine babies on May 5, 2021, in Morocco has divulged that the bundles of joy use 100 nappies in a day.
Halima Cisse, who delivered the nonuplets in a clinic in Casablanca, told Daily Mail that the babies consume six litres of milk daily.
According to the 26-year-old, who is now a mother of ten, she was shocked after giving birth to the nonuplets, four boys and five girls.
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“It was a total shock when I found out that I was having nine babies because I thought it was going to be seven."
Caring for the children
Cisse divulged that as she witnessed the babies being delivered one after the other, many questions ran through her 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."
Cisse admitted that she wondered how she would care for the children while still in the delivery room.
“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,” Cisse said.
Almost three months after the miraculous births, six of the babies are still in incubators.
Cisse told Daily Mail that caring for them is tasking while expressing gratitude for the team of doctors and nurses helping her around the clock.
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Outlining a typical day caring for the nonuplets, Cisse said they are fed every two hours on formula milk since she ran out of breast milk a month after giving birth.
Their nappies are also changed every two hours, totalling 100 nappies a day. The babies also undergo health checks every three hours.
Over N378 million bill
Caring for the nine children comes at a cost as thus far, they have accrued an estimated KSh 150 million (N378,922,650.60) hospital bill.
However, lucky for Cisse and her husband Kader Arby, the Malian government pledged to cover the bill.
“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,” she said.
The babies are expected to stay in hospital for the next two months.
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Another large family
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that an American couple, Karen and Deon Derrico, with 14 kids who had quintuplets, triplets, and twins, spoke to the media about what it takes to run a large house as theirs.
Their children are in this order according to their ages: Darian, 13; Erek, 8; twins Dallas and Denver, 7; quintuplets Deniko, Dariz, Deonee, Daician and Daiten, 5; and two sets of triplets.
The mother of the house said the family spends $3,500 (N1,335,250) for monthly food and she had to wash 18 baskets of clothes every week.