Big bundle of joy at 8.7 kg

A large newly born unnamed baby boy lies next to a more standard sized new born baby, at a hospital in Medan, North Sumatra on Wednesday. AFP

The baby, who is still unnamed and is 62 centimetres long, was born by caesarean section on Monday at a public hospital in North Sumatra province, a gynaecologist who took part in the operation said.

“This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum’s womb. His legs were so big,” Binsar Sitanggang said.
The boy is in a healthy condition despite having to initially be given oxygen to overcome breathing problems, the gynaecologist said.
“He’s got strong appetite, every minute, it’s almost non-stop feeding,” he said.
“This baby boy is extraordinary, The way he is crying is not like a usual baby. It is really loud.”

The boy’s massive size was likely the result of his mother, Ani, 41, having diabetes, Sitanggang said.
She had to be rushed to hospital due to complications with the pregnancy, which had reached nine months. The baby, her fourth, was the only child not delivered by a traditional midwife.
Indonesia’s previous heaviest baby, weighing in at 6.9 kilos, was born in 2007 on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, according to the Indonesian Museum of Records website.

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