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If becoming a mother at the age of 65 is all wrong, then so is becoming a father

Published 14/04/2015 | 02:30

The then 55-year-old Annegret Raunigk posing with her daughter Leila in Belin in November 2005
The then 55-year-old Annegret Raunigk posing with her daughter Leila in Belin in November 2005

Frankenscience plumbed new depths at the weekend when it was revealed a 65-year-old German mother of 13 was pregnant with quadruplets.

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Annegret Raunigk, a schoolteacher from Berlin, decided to undergo IVF when her youngest daughter, who she had when she was a mere whippersnapper of 55, demanded a brother or sister. Instead of telling the little mite that she already has 12 older siblings, not to mention seven nieces and nephews, broody Ms Raunigk decided that because she was "still quite fit" she would undergo IVF.

Now, thanks to a donor egg and sperm and rogue IVF laws in Russia, when most pensioners are looking forward to retirement, she is 21-weeks' pregnant with quadruplets and the star of a documentary, which aired on German television last night.

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