Sunday 23 April 2017

Joy for mum (65) who gives birth to quadruplets in Germany

Annegret Raunigk
Annegret Raunigk
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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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, RTL television has reported.

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 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

The new-borns weighed between one lb, seven ounces and two lbs, two ounces each.

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A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications could not yet be ruled out because they were born in the 26th week of pregnancy.

Their mother was doing well, the spokeswoman said.

Annegret Raunigk in 2005 with her youngest daugher Leila (on her knees) and other children and grandchildren in Cologne, Germany
Annegret Raunigk in 2005 with her youngest daugher Leila (on her knees) and other children and grandchildren in Cologne, Germany

"Ms Raunigk basically has no medical risk any more," Heike Speda told The Associated Press.

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She said the woman had signed a contract granting RTL exclusive access in return for an undisclosed sum.

Ms 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.

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Ms 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 Ms 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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