Cologne - After almost 26 weeks of pregnancy, 65-year-old Annegret R. from Berlin gave birth to quadruplets by caesarean section, according to report. The three boys and girl were born on Tuesday, the TV station RTL reported on Friday evening. "As is usual with premature babies, the children are in the incubator and are medically cared for and monitored," it said.
Annegret R. was admitted to Berlin hospital on the eve of the birth after the labor began, explained the sender. The first girl to see the light of day was Neeta, followed by the brothers Dries, Bence and Fjonn. The quadruplets weighed between 655 and 960 grams at birth and are between 30 and 35 centimeters tall.
The last detailed diagnosis before the birth took place in mid-May, explained RTL. "The child was found to have developed well and inconspicuously in accordance with the stage of pregnancy." The pregnancy was "surprisingly problem-free under the given circumstances and according to the attending doctors". According to the state of the art, the quadruplets have “good chances of survival”. Compared to babies born in the 40th week of pregnancy, they are not yet fully developed, so that residual risks and possible complications cannot be completely ruled out at this point in time, reported RTL.
There are life-threatening complications especially in the first days after the birth, said Mario Rüdiger from the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital in Dresden. "Every day more reduces the risk of death." You have good chance of surviving.
After the first four weeks of life, the chance of survival for premature babies at this stage is more than 90 percent, added Gerhard Jorch, Head of the University Children's Clinic in Magdeburg. Far more important than the risk of death are the impending long-term damage, emphasized Matthias Beckmann, Director of the Women's Clinic at the University Hospital Erlangen.
Although medicine can save ever younger premature babies, it cannot ensure their healthy survival. Especially against this background, the behavior of the 65-year-olds is irresponsible, criticized Beckmann. Nor could he understand that there was even doctor who performed artificial insemination on such an old woman.
The elementary school teacher had been artificially fertilized abroad through egg and sperm donation. She had already had 13 children before, the youngest daughter is nine years old. In addition, she is already seven times grandmother. The case sparked controversial debate at home and abroad. R. rejected criticism of her late pregnancy on RTL in April. “I think you have to decide for yourself,” she said.