A 65-year-old German woman has become the oldest one ever to give birth to quadruplets earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Annegret Raunigk gave birth to three boys, Dries, Bence and Fjonn, and one girl, Neeta. They were born by Caesarian section after 26 weeks — 12 weeks less than the regular pregnancy term.
The babies weighed between one pound and seven ounces and two pounds and two ounces, German broadcaster RTL reported. The station added in a statement that Raunigk’s babies stood a “strong chance of survival”, but were facing possible complications, because they were born so prematurely.
1. Annegret Raunigk, a primary school teacher from Berlin, has created medical history on Tuesday when she became the oldest mother of four in a single birth in the world.
Raunigk, a schoolteacher from Berlin, already has 13 children, aged nine to 44, by five different fathers and her incredible story has been featured in a TV documentary.
She also has seven grandchildren and will be 70 years old when her youngest sons and daughters reach primary school.
Raunigk’s latest pregnancy followed several attempts at artificial insemination over the past year and a half, according to RTL.
To become pregnant again, the schoolteacher had to undergo IVF treatment in Ukraine and it was the result of artificial insemination using a donated egg and sperm — a procedure that is illegal in Germany.
2. Raunigk, then 55, hit the headlines in Germany ten years ago, after she gave birth to her youngest child, Leila (pictured in 2005).
Raunigk, who is a Russian and English teacher and has seven grandchildren, to go along with her 13 children, decided to have another baby because her nine-year-old youngest daughter wanted a little brother or sister, RTL reported.
Raunigk said that the news of the pregnancy had come as a shock, according to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. She is quoted as saying:
After the doctor discovered there were four, I had to give it some thought to begin with.
Raunigk added that she had not considered reducing the number of embryos as an option.
3. Raunigk (pictured in 2005) has become the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets.
Asked about the moral implications of her decision, Raunigk told RTL:
I think one must decide that for oneself.
Bild reported on Raunigk ten years ago, after she gave birth to her 13th child, quoting her at the time as saying that she had initially planned on having only one.
4. Annegret Raunigk pictured with her daughter Lelia.
Speaking about the criticism that has been leveled at her for deciding to have babies at her age, Raunigk said:
There will obviously be cliches bandied about and I find that quite strenuous. But I have always been a person who says live and let live and it is not for the opinion of others but for me.
I have enough experience of childbirth not to be afraid. I am not scared actually, I am just hoping to stay healthy and fit.
If others are mega-prim about this I believe they have no interesting lives themselves and therefore it no longer bothers me. I think this is the right choice.
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