A mother has given birth to a baby girl weighing a whopping 15lbs – the heaviest girl ever born in the world.
Nandini, 19, who goes only by her first name, welcomed her first child, a daughter, by caesarean section on Monday evening at a government-run hospital in Hassan in southern state Karnataka.
The average baby is born weighing 7.5lbs – making Nadini’s newborn female twice the size.
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.”
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The yet-to-be named baby left everyone including her mother and medics in shock due her sheer size.
Nandini, who herself weighs 94 kg 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 new-born 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, 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.”
Dr Venkatesh Raju added: “I had personally gone to see her. She is a beautiful gift of God. I am happy that she is doing well.”
Nandini and her husband Arun married two years ago and were excited about welcoming their first child.
Now that she is here, both the overjoyed parents are counting down the days when they can bring her home.
In November last year, another Indian woman Firdous Khatun had given birth to the a baby boy weighing 14.77 lbs.
He was the heaviest baby born in the country but with Nandini’s baby, the title will now shift to her.