A young woman from Mali who is pregnant with seventeen twins is continuing her treatment in Morocco from the end of this week, as announced by the Ministry of Health in Bamako yesterday.
The 25-year-old woman from Timbuktu (northern Mali), as reported by the financial press, has been receiving treatment during the last two weeks at Buanji University Hospital in Bamako.
However, doctors preferred to transfer it outside Mali in order to ensure “better follow-up of this unusual pregnancy,” according to a press release from the Ministry of Health.
“She will have to travel at the weekend to Morocco, as she will continue her treatment,” the ministry added.
The financial press indicated that the woman is in the sixth month of her pregnancy and specialists fear for her health and the chances of the fetus surviving.
The young woman is accompanied to Morocco by her doctor and two members of her family. The ministry stated that the trip was funded by the Malian government and with the personal contribution of the Transitional President Bah Ndaw.
The young woman’s situation sparked a “wave of solidarity” with her that is expected to continue after the birth of children, which the ministry considered in its statement “another challenge that she and her family will undoubtedly face, with the support of millions.”
Cases of seventeen twins are rare. Among the recorded cases are children of the Makogi family, born in 1997 in the US state of Iowa. Each of the children born by caesarean section, four boys and three girls, ranged between 1.05 and 1.5 kilograms at birth.
In 1998, a Saudi woman in her forties gave birth to four boys and three girls eight weeks earlier than expected, and their weights ranged between 900 and 1,150 grams. In August 2008, a 27-year-old Egyptian woman gave birth to seven premature babies, whose weights ranged between two and three kilograms.
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