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Woman Births 19-Pound Infant

Indonesia’s heaviest newborn ever recorded was delivered on Monday, weighing in at 19.2 pounds and measuring 24.4 inches long. The baby boy, who is currently nameless, was born at nine months by caesarean section Monday at hospital in North Sumatra province to a 41-year-old woman named Ani, who has three other children. “This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum's womb,” said Binsar Sitanggang, a gynecologist who took part in the procedure. Sitanggang attribute’s the newborn’s size to his mother’s diabetes, which results in high levels of glucose, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Nevertheless, the baby is reportedly in healthy conditions and has a strong appetite, despite having initially been given oxygen. Indonesia’s previous heaviest baby was born in 2007 and weighed in at 15.2 pounds.

September 23, 2009 11:47 AM