A screenshot posted on a Facebook page with more than 200,000 followers shows a photo of a smiling woman in what seems to be a hospital bed above a photo of four newborn babies.
Its text reads: “25 year old Malian woman gives birth to nine babies. 5 girls & 4 boys. She only expected 7.”
The screenshot’s caption gives more information: “25-year-old Malian woman Halima Cisse went into labor expecting seven babies but gave birth to nine, according to Mali’s Minister of Health and the Moroccan clinic where the nonuplets were born. A woman in California had 8 babies in 2009.”
But what do the photos really show?
Halima Cisse did give birth to nine babies
But the smiling woman in the first photo isn’t Cisse.
Photo of Thelma Chiaka from the US
A Google reverse image search led us to an article on Yahoo, dated 18 March 2019. It names the woman in the photo as Thelma Chiaka from Houston in the United States, who gave birth to sextuplets – six babies – at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas.
A look through the hospital’s Facebook page uncovered the first photo in the screenshot, of the smiling woman, posted on 16 March 2019. Its caption reads: “We were honoured to welcome Thelma Chiaka's four sons and two daughters early this morning!”
The photo also appears in an article in the Houston Chronicle.
We also found a video of Chiaka and one of her doctors being interviewed on Good Morning America.
It is true that a Malian woman named Halima Cisse gave birth to nine babies in May 2021, but the first photo in the screenshot shows Thelma Chiaka from Houston in the US.
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