65-year-old woman pregnant with quadruplets

A 65-year-old mum of 13 has become the oldest person in the world to be pregnant with quadruplets, German media have reported.

Annegret Raunigk became pregnant following several attempts at artificial insemination over the last year and a half.

Raunigk has already become a household name in Germany, and her pregnancy the focus of hot debate across the country.

The Russian and English teacher, who is also has seven grandchildren, decided to try for another child after her youngest daughter, nine, asked for a younger sibling, the German television channel RTL said on its website.

RTL and the tabloid newspaper Bild have bought exclusive rights to chart her pregnancy and birth.

In an interview with RTL this week, Raunigk defended her decision to seek fertility treatment, telling the interviewer: “I’m of the opinion that everyone should live their life as they want to. Because this possibility exists and is used by thousands of people, I’m allowed to use it too.”

She stated that she was fit and so expected to be fully capable of caring for her children, but would make provisions in case she experiences difficulties.

“How should you be at the age of 65?” she said. “It seems clear that you’re supposed to live up to certain cliches.”

In Germany, strict laws on reproductive medicine meant that her age ruled her out being considered for IVF treatment. Raunigk travelled to the Ukraine for her fertility treatment, where she received both egg and sperm donations.

The babies are due in the summer and so far the pregnancy has been without complications.

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