A mother in India has given birth to what is believed the heaviest baby girl ever born in the country.
New mom Nandini, a 19-year-old from the southern Indian city of Hassan, gave birth on Tuesday to the baby weighing a whopping 6.8 kilograms, more than twice the average weight of a newborn female.
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.”
The yet-to-be named baby left everyone including her mother and medics in shock due her sheer size.
Nandini, who herself weighs 94kg and stands 5’9 tall, had a smooth pregnancy throughout but was unaware she was about to give birth to a big baby.
While the mother’s size hinted at high sugar levels, doctors confirmed that she is not diabetic which usually causes obesity in newborn 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, the 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.
“Both the mother and the child are doing fine and we will discharge them once we are confident of the baby’s health.”
Nandini and her husband Arun married two years ago and were excited about welcoming their first child.
Now that she is here, the overjoyed parents are counting down the days when they can bring her home.
Last November, another Indian woman, Firdous Khatun, gave birth to a baby boy weighing 6.7 kilograms – the heaviest baby born in the country.