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World’s only 9 babies born to same mother at same time celebrate 1st birthday in good health

Mali nonuplets in perfect health on first birthday.

The world's only nonuplets – nine babies born to one mother at the same time, celebrated their first birthday and are in good health, according to a BBC report.

"They're all crawling now. Some are sitting up and can even walk if they hold on to something," their father, Abdelkader Arby, told BBC. He is an officer in the Malian army.

They babies are still in the care of the clinic in Morocco where they were born.

Arby said their mother Halima Cissé, 26, was also doing well. He said it was not an easy job to take care of so many babies but it was a great feeling to see them all in perfect health. He said that there were nurses who assist his wife in taking care of the children and they strictly follow a menu that has been prescribed by the clinic.

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.

Multiple births are risky and normally mothers with more than four foetuses are advised by doctors to terminate some.