Only two other sets of nonuplets have ever been recorded in history, but none of them survived past a few days
The world’s only nonuplets – nine babies born at the same time – are “in perfect health” as they celebrate their first birthday.
According to their father, “They’re all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something,” said Abdelkader Arby, an officer in the Malian army.
They are still in the care of the clinic in Morocco where they were born.
He said their mother Halima Cissé, 26, was also doing well.
“It’s not easy but it’s great. Even if it’s tiring at times, when you look at all the babies in perfect health, from right to left we’re relieved. We forget everything,” Arby said
He has just returned to Morocco for the first time in six months, along with their elder daughter, Souda, aged three.
“I’m overwhelmed to be reunited with all my family – my wife, the children and me.”
They will just have a small birthday celebration with the nurses and a few people from their apartment building, Mr Arby said.
“Nothing is better than the first year. We will remember this great moment we are going to experience.”
The babies broke the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered in a single birth to survive.
Ahead of the birth on 4 May 2021, Mrs Cissé was flown to Morocco by the Malian government for specialist care.