A migrant couple who have nine children and receive nearly £5,000 a month in benefits want state-funded IVF treatment in Austria.
The couple, whose names are not known, fled Afghanistan for Austria – the man arriving in 2011 and the 44-year-old woman in 2013.
Two of their children have disabilities so severe that doctors believe they would die without medical treatment.
But the couple remain determined to have a tenth child and have turned to Austria’s IVF fund to cover the cost.
The story has sparked outrage in Austria after it was revealed that the family is being paid the equivalent of £4,470 a month in benefits.
According to local media, the woman had been advised that because of her age, there was a limited chance of success – but the pair insisted on going ahead with the attempt.
IVF treatment in Austria can be provided by the health service which pays up to 70 percent of the costs.
In some instances the health service will refuse to pay, with the age of the woman being one grounds for refusal.
But regardless of who pays for the actual IVF, the state will still pay for all of the proprietary work including hospital stays, blood tests, sperm tests and various gynecological costs.
The couple’s oldest son is 20 years old, and their youngest child, a daughter, was born in 2011.
For two adults and seven underage children, the family are paid £2,234, and for the two older children they receive a further £659.
The family gets a further £1,577 in family allowances, making up a total of £4,469 per month.
According to local media, the woman had been advised that because of her age, there was a limited chance of success – but the pair insisted on going ahead with the attempt. File picture: Hundreds of migrants arriving at the Hungarian and Austrian border last year.