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Oldest mom of quadruplets going home with healthy babies

Annegret Raunigk, 65, is heading home from the hospital with her quadruplets, born in May.Hans-Joachim Pfeiffer/RTL.de

Annegret Raunigk, 65, is heading home from the hospital with her quadruplets, born in May.

The world’s oldest mother of quadruplets is taking her babies home.

Annegret Raunigk, 65, gave birth by caesarian section in May in a Berlin hospital. All four children were severely underweight and it was unclear if they would survive.

But survive they did, and now the little girl Neeta is heading home with her three brothers — Bence, Fjonn and Dries, according to wire reports.

“We can see that the children are doing well,” Professor Christoph Buhrer at Berlin’s Charite Hospital told the AFP. “They feel good with their mother.”

All four of the babies were severely underweight at birth and it was unclear if they would survive.Hans-Joachim Pfeiffer/RTL.de

All four of the babies were severely underweight at birth and it was unclear if they would survive.

Though her new babies may be healthy, Raunigk has found herself at the center of a firestorm of controversy. For one thing, she has 13 children already — not to mention seven grandchildren. She made headlines nine years ago when, at the age of 55, she became the oldest new mother in Germany.

And this latest round of quadruplets is no accident. She paid a Ukrainian fertility clinic to artificially inseminate her with fertilized eggs from anonymous donors. Such a procedure is illegal in Germany.

But her youngest daughter Leila, 10, convinced her mom to get the insemination because she wanted siblings to play with.

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A 2005 photos shows then-55-year-old Annegret Raunigk (bottom row, 2nd l.) posing with her then-youngest daugher Lelia (on her lap) and other children and grandchildren in Cologne as a guest on TV channel RTL in Germany.

“She’s a great kid and I wanted to fulfill her wish,” Raunigk told the German television channel RTL.

Leila’s new sister and brothers will likely need years of care from doctors. Neeta already had an operation to seal a hole in her bowel and Dries had an operation to send excess fluid from his brain down to his stomach.

Raunigk, who was married only once and is mother to children from five different men and some anonymous donors, says she plans to move out of Berlin with her newborns to a quiet country house where there will be more room and fewer judgmental neighbors.

“I don’t interfere in anyone else’s life and I don’t expect them to interfere in mine,” she told RTL.

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