After heroically pushing through 16 hours of grueling labor, a woman in England gave birth to a big miracle. A really big miracle. Her baby, George King was born twice the size of an average newborn weighing a whopping 15 pounds 7 ounces. Both mom and son amazingly pulled through, but baby George barely survived the traumatic birth.
There were severe complications during little big one’s entrance into the world as his shoulders were so large he got stuck during delivery. “When his head was out, that’s when they realized he was so big,” said his mother to BBC News. George — who in the delivery process went a whole 5 minutes without oxygen — had only a 10 percent chance of survival. Since doctors were made aware of his gargantuan size during labor, it was too late to perform a recommended C-section.
Miraculously, the big baby is out of the hospital and is living at home tube-free. He is going to the doctor only for regular check-ups. George has gained merely one pound since his birth six weeks ago and is expected to level-off and have normal weight-to-age ratio. Doctors are still trying to figure out the reason behind his abnormal size and have yet to figure out a cause.
His mom Jade, who gave birth with just gas, air and one epidural painkilling jab said the experience has discouraged her from having anymore children.
George may be the second biggest baby born in the U.K but there have been way bigger newborns in history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world’s heaviest baby was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879. The baby weighed 23.12 pounds and died eleven hours after birth. Both of the baby’s parents had giantism. The largest baby to ever survive was a boy weighing 22 pounds who was born to Carmelina Fedele in Italy in September 1955.
But enormous babies aren’t only a thing of the past. In fact, there have been many other reports surfacing of large baby births all over the world. In 2011 a 16-pound 1-once baby boy was born in Texas. In Indonesia in 2009, a 19.2 pound 2-foot baby was born via Caesarean section (thankfully). Last year Chinese state media reported the birth of a baby of just over 7kg (15lb 8oz), making him what could be the heaviest birthweight baby on record in the country.
But the U.K has still managed to keep at least one birthing record thanks to a housewife named Dawn Brooke who at the age of 59 year-old became the oldest natural mother in the world.