A 70-year old woman defied the odds and baffled doctors as she made the impossible come true. She shocked everyone as she not only announced she was pregnant, but announced that she would be having quadruplets.
Annegret Raunigk was taking a big risk in deciding to have children again. But not only would she be able to conceive, she got way more than she bargained for. There were many setbacks and obstacles, but that didn’t stop her from fighting for her babies.
At the age of 65, Raunigk was already a mother. In fact, she was already a grandmother. She also already had 13 children and seven grandchildren. Her eldest was 44 years old and her youngest was only 9 years old. It was actually her youngest that inspired her to have children again. Her youngest daughter asked for a little brother or sister, and she thought to herself “Why not?”.
Because she was 65 years old at the time, Raunigk decided to check if she was still able to bear children. She found out that she had already entered Menopause, but that didn’t dampen her spirits. She just decided that she would have to find another way to have more kids. And while there were several options, her age and condition narrowed it down to a few choices.
One of the many ways that she could have kids, at her age and with her condition, was through In Vitro Fertilization Treatment or IVF. The only problem was that the procedure was illegal in her country of Germany. Even if it was legal in her country, it was still a very controversial procedure. She would have to face the social stigma of going through with a frowned upon procedure at such an advanced age.