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PopWrapped | Current Events

65-Year-Old German Grandmother Gives Birth To Quadruplets

Margie Patton | PopWrapped Author

Margie Patton

Updated 05/26/2015 12:11pm
65-Year-Old German Grandmother Gives Birth To Quadruplets | quadruplets
Media Courtesy of Credit: Us Magazine

Look out Michelle Duggar, there's a new breeding machine ready to grab the spotlight!

Sixty-five-year-old Annegret Raunigk of Germany has made her dubious mark on history as the oldest woman ever to give birth to quadruplets.

The single mother delivered the newborns on May 19 in Berlin. Her pregnancy lasted less than 26 weeks, and the three boys and one girl weighed around one to two pounds each.

Even though Raunigk was already in her sixties, a mother of thirteen, and a grandmother of seven, the German teacher decided to add even more children to her brood. The single mom says the request for a younger sibling from her daughter Leila prompted the decision. Raunigk had already caused controversy by giving birth to Leila ten years ago at age 55.

Rather than fostering or adopting, the mega-mom felt the need to once again give birth to add to the family head count. Raunigk became pregnant through the implantation of donated, fertilized eggs. Raunigk had to leave the country to have the procedure done, since it is illegal in Germany.

"I myself find life with children great," Raunigk told press earlier in the pregnancy . "You constantly have to live up to new challenges. And that probably also keeps you young."

A spokesperson for RTL, the German network that has purchased the exclusive rights to Raunigk's story, stated that the new mother "basically has no medical risk anymore."

"Complications couldn't yet be ruled out" for the babies, however, who are still in incubators.

Good luck, little ones, you'll need it.

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