19-year-old mother gives birth to ‘world’s heaviest baby’718 views
A mother has given birth to the world’s biggest baby girl – who weighs the same as an average six-month-old.
The unnamed baby was born by Caesarean section on Monday weighing a staggering 15lbs.
Her 19-year-old mother, known only as Nandini, was astonished by the size of her first child when she was born in southern India.
She 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.
Dr Venkatesh Raju, the local health officer, 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 heaviest baby girl ever born in the world.’
A mother has given birth to a baby girl weighing a staggering 15lbs – the heaviest female ever born in the world
Nandini, 19, who goes only by her initial name, welcomed her first child, a daughter, by C-section on Monday evening at a government-run hospital in Hassan in southern state Karnataka
The girl, who has not yet been named, surprised both family and medics by her enormity.
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.
Dr Poornima Manu, gynaecologist who delivered the baby said: ‘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.
While the mother’s size hinted at high sugar levels, doctors have confirmed she is not diabetic, which usually causes obesity in new-born infants
It is believed the newborn girl in India will overtake Carisa Ruscak, pictured here with Caroline and Bryan, who was the heaviest newborn girl in the world when she was born in Massachusetts in 2014
‘Both the mother and the child are doing fine and we will discharge them once we are confident of the baby’s health.’
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 married 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.
In November last year, another Indian woman Firdous Khatun had given birth to the a baby boy weighing 14.77 lbs. H
He was the heaviest baby born in the country but with Nandini’s baby, the title will now shift to her.
The heaviest baby ever born weighed 23lb 12oz in Canada in 1879, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
But the baby, whose mother Anna Bates had giantism, died 11 hours later.
The record for the heaviest, healthy baby in the world was a boy born in Italy in 1955, who weighed 22lb 8oz.