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German woman gives birth at 65 to quadruplets

Last updated on October 24, 2017

A 65-year-old German woman has given birth to a set of quadruplets. The four babies are in addition to the 13 children the women already has.

The quadruplets are the result of a several artificial insemination procedures she underwent in the Ukraine.

According to RTL Television in Berlin, Annegret Raunigk gave birth to three boys, Dries, Bence and Fjonn and one girl, Neeta, who were born premature at 26 weeks. The television station quotes the hospital as saying the children have “good chances of surviving.”

“However, the babies, in comparison with a normal birth in the 40th week, are not completely developed, so eventual complications can’t be ruled out,” said the television report.

Raunigk, who is close to retirement, is a language teacher of both English and Russian. Aside from her current 13 children, she is also a grandmother to seven.

RTL says the babies make Raunigk the world’s oldest mother of quadruplets.

The television station is negotiating exclusive rights to her story. They have been following her pregnancy and the build-up to the births, bus says there was no filming in the hospital during the births.

Raunigk has been in the headlines since April when German press first reported her successful insemination resulting in a quadruple pregnancy. RTL says the reason Raunigk sought more children was for her youngest child, who is nine and wanted a little sibling. Raunigk’s eldest daughter is 44.

In regard to the births, Raunigk says, “After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with.

“I’m not actually afraid. I simply assume I’ll remain healthy and fit. In matters of organization I have enough experience, that’s not new for me.”

Raunigk also made headlines 10 years ago when she gave birth to her 13th child, Lelia, at the age of 55.


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