Science continues to amaze us. A 65-year old woman who was already far into menopause got pregnant and gave birth to not one but 4 kids.
Here’s how it all happened – Annegret Raunigk, a retired German teacher isn’t a barren woman who just needed a kid after she was way past her kids-having stage. In fact the German is a mother of thirteen. Yes, thirteen aged between 10-44 and also a grandmother of seven. Her desire for new children came when her youngest daughter who was nine at the time told her of her desire to have a little brother or sister.
Raunigk set out to make her daughter’s wishes come true. However, due to her body being past its prime she had to opt for a fertility treatment, but none of her children’s fathers were willing to donate a sperm. Raunigk didn’t give up. She travelled to Ukraine in order to get donated sperms and eggs, as this was illegal and could not be carried out in Germany.
She had to undergo In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) where an egg and a sperm are manually combined in a dish and later implanted into a woman’s uterus. Because IVF treatment success rates are low, doctors commonly use multiple eggs. It came as a shock when all four of the fertilized eggs implanted into Raunigk’s uterus began developing.
Raunigk was forewarned of premature labor and had to be admitted early as her babies arrived 14 weeks earlier than the supposed arrival date through Caesarian Section. The babies, Neeta (girl), Dries, Bence and Fijon (boys) weighed between 1.4 and 2.1 pounds. The babies had to be admitted to Intesive Care Unit, as two required breathing assistance and another two underwent surgeries in order to survive. And they did survive, looking healthier and doing just fine.