65-Year-Old Grandmother Gives Birth to Quadruplets

Annegret Raunigk. (Photo by Hans-Joachim Pfeiffer/RTL/DPA)
Annegret Raunigk. (Photo by Hans-Joachim Pfeiffer/RTL/DPA)

A 65-year-old grandmother in Germany prematurely gave birth to quadruplets in a Berlin hospital this week. Fortunately, the three boys and girl, despite being premature at 28 weeks, were in good health with a strong chance of survival according to German TV network RTL as it reported the news on Saturday.

The grandmother — Annegret Raunigk, already has 13 children and seven grandchildren and the announcement of her pregnancy last month had sparked debate in Germany about its merits.

Raunigk, who underwent fertility treatment in Ukraine, is currently the oldest woman in the world to have quadruplets, according to RTL. She currently works as an English and Russian teacher in Berlin and is considering retirement soon to take care of her newborn babies.

Raunigk’s quadruplets were born by Caesarean section on May 19 and weighed between 1.4 to 2.1 pounds.


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