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German (65) gives birth to quadruplets

frank jordans

Published 24/05/2015 | 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

A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticised by medical professionals because of her age, Germany's RTL television said yesterday.

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Annegret Raunigk gave birth to a girl, Neeta, and three boys - Dries, Bence and Fjonn - by caesarean section at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday, RTL said.

The newborns weighed between 655g (1lb 7oz) and 960g (2lbs 2oz) each.

A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out, because they were born in the 26th week of pregnancy. Their mother was doing well, the spokeswoman said.

"Ms Raunigk basically has no medical risk anymore," Heike Speda said, adding that the woman had signed a contract granting RTL exclusive access in return for an undisclosed sum.

Raunigk already had 13 children ranging in age from nine to 44, from five fathers.

She told Germany's Bild newspaper last month that she decided to become pregnant again because her nine-year-old daughter wanted a younger sibling. She also has seven grandchildren.

Raunigk travelled abroad to have donated, fertilised eggs implanted - a procedure that is illegal in Germany.

Her decision prompted criticism from doctors, who questioned whether her body would be physically capable of bearing four children.

But Raunigk defended her decision, telling Bild last month: "They can see it how they want to, and I'll see it the way I think is right."

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