A 19-year-old woman known only as Nandini, has given birth to the assumed world’s heaviest baby girl – who weighs 15lb, the same as an average six-month-old.
The new mum was astonished by the size of her first child when she was born in southern India, Daily Mail reports.
The baby born by Caesarean section on Monday, May 23rd, tipped the scales at twice the size of an average baby, which typically weigh about 7lb 5oz and it is believed her birth overtakes the current record holder, Carisa Rusack, who was born weighing 14lb 5oz in Massachusetts in 2014.
Expressing his awe, the local health officer, Dr Venkatesh Raju said:
“In my 25 years of experience, I had never seen such a big baby. She is a miracle. I believe she is not only the heaviest baby born in India but the world’s heaviest baby girl “.
Dr. Poornima Manu, the gynecologist who delivered the baby had this to say:
“She came as a big surprise for all of us. The surgery took place for nearly half an hour and it was free of any risk. She is really big and beautiful. She does not have any health issues like irregular sugar levels or thyroid and is breathing well. We were initially concerned about her sugar levels but that is normal.
‘The mother had made regular visits for check-ups at the hospital and never showed signs of gestational diabetes or thyroid disorders. Both the mother and the child are doing fine and we will discharge them once we are confident of the baby’s health”.
The mother of the child, Nandini, who herself weighs 14.5 stone (94kg) and is 5’9 tall, had a smooth pregnancy throughout but was unaware she was about to give birth to a big baby. While her size hinted at high sugar levels, doctors confirmed that she is not diabetic which usually causes obesity in new-born infants.
The baby is being kept at the neonatal intensive care unit and doctors are monitoring her developments before they discharge her in few days.
The birth of the biggest baby not just in the state but whole of India has even left veteran doctors in absolute amazement. Dr. Venkatesh Raju added: “I had personally gone to see her. She is a beautiful gift of God. I am happy that she is doing well.’
Nandini and her husband Arun tied the knot two years ago and were excited about welcoming their first child. Now that she is here, both the overjoyed parents are counting down the days when they can bring her home.