Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Texan gives birth to 16lb baby

This photo provided by Good Shepherd Medical Center Marketing Department shows JaMichael Brown Monday, July 11, 2011, in the hospital's neonatal care unit in Longview, Texas. Janet Johnson gave birth to gave birth last Friday to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. JaMichael, her fourth child, weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce.

A Texas mother expected a big baby, but nothing like the 16lb 1oz one that emerged from the womb.

Janet Johnson remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest new-borns they have ever seen.

She was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.

"Everybody was amazed that he was so big," Johnson, 39, said. "I don't think too many people have heard of having a 16lb baby."

JaMichael was born on Friday at Good Shepherd Medical Centre in Longview. Ms Johnson has gestational diabetes, which results in bigger new-borns for many mothers. Doctors had estimated JaMichael would be around 12lb prior to the caesarean birth.

The hospital has asked the state's vital records department whether JaMichael is big enough to approach any Texas newborn records, said Victoria Ashworth, a hospital spokeswoman.

He is certainly the biggest in the history of the Longview hospital and was born, Ms Ashworth said, almost two years to the day after the hospital delivered its smallest baby ever, who weighed just 15oz.

Guinness World Records said the heaviest newborn ever recorded weighed 23lb 12oz, born to an Ohio woman in 1879.

Ashworth said JaMichael, whose father is 6ft 7in, was likely to be transferred from the neonatal intensive care unit and into the regular nursery. Ms Johnson said she hoped to get her son home later this week - and return his newborn clothes that will not fit.

Not to mention, Ms Johnson said, get her son out of the spotlight finally.

"It's got overwhelming," Ms Johnson said. "But if I had heard of someone having a 16-pound baby, I would probably want to have heard about it, too."

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