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German Annegret Raunigk, 65, And Already A Mother Of 13, Gives Birth To Quadruplets After Controversial Pregnancy

23/05/2015 14:40 BST | Updated 23/05/2015 14:59 BST

A 65-year-old German woman, who already had 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

Annegret Raunigk, gave birth to a girl - Neeta - and three boys - Dries, Bence and Fjonn - by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital on Tuesday, RTL televion said. The newborns weighed between 655 grams (1 lb., 7 ounces) and 960 grams (2 lbs., 2 ounces) each.

A spokeswoman for RTL said the babies stood a strong chance of survival but possible complications couldn't yet be ruled out because they were born in the 26th week of pregnancy. Their mother was doing well, the spokeswoman said, adding "Ms. Raunigk basically has no more medical risk anymore".

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Annegret Raunigk (first row, second from left) pictured in 2005 on TV with her 13th child Leila on her lap and her other children and grandchildren, has just given birth to quadruplets

The television station has signed a contract granting them exclusive access to Raunigk whose other 13 children range in age from 9, to 44, and are from five different fathers.

She told Germany's Bild newspaper last month that she decided to become pregnant again because her 9-year-old daughter wanted a younger sibling. She also has seven grandchildren.

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Raunigk travelled abroad to have donated, fertilised eggs implanted - a procedure that is illegal in Germany.

Her decision prompted criticism from doctors, who questioned whether her body would be physically capable of bearing four children.

But Raunigk defended her decision, telling Bild: "They can see it how they want to, and I'll see it the way I think is right."

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