Saturday, September 19, 2009

Giant baby breaks records

SAMARA, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - A baby weighing 6.75 kg (15 lbs) was born on Wednesday in Russia's southwestern city of Samara, breaking all regional records, a spokeswoman for the local government said.

The baby, who was born in Samara's Semashko hospital, is 0.62 m (2.03 ft) long.

"It is a unique case. The last record among newborns was registered in the region about 10 years ago, when a baby weighing 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs) was born," the spokeswoman said.

"The mother and baby are feeling well," she said, adding that the birth was the woman's third.

The record-breaking mother has been under close observation since the 34th week of her pregnancy, the spokeswoman said.

"Our doctors have a lot of experience in treating newborns," she said.

Last year, nine children weighing less than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) were born at the Samara hospital, the spokeswoman added. They all survived, she said.

Another giant baby weighing 7.75 kg (17.1 lbs) was born in Russia in 2007. The girl, called Nadia, was delivered by Caesarean section at a hospital in Siberia's Altai region, joining eight sisters and three brothers.

In January 2005, a 38-year-old woman in Brazil gave birth to a baby weighing 7.73 kg (17.04 pounds).

Among the heaviest babies recorded are a 10.2 kg (22.5 lbs) boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8 kg (23.8 lbs) boy born in the U.S. in 1879, who died 11 hours later, the BBC said.

Ria Novosti

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