Friday, September 25, 2009

Giant baby draws spectators to Indonesian hospital - Star

Sept 25, 2009

KISARAN: Indonesia’s heaviest-ever newborn drew curious crowds Friday to a hospital where the boy named Akbar came into the world at a record 8.7kg (19.2lbs).

Akbar Risuddin was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute cesarean delivery that was complicated because of his unusual weight and size, Dr Binsar Sitanggang said.

“I’m very happy that my baby and his mother are in good health,” father Muhammad Hasanuddin said Friday. “I hope I can afford to feed the baby enough, because he needs more milk than other babies.”

A three-day-old baby boy, weighing 8.7-kilograms (19.2-pounds) left, lays next to a standard size newborn baby at a hospital in Kisaran, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday. - AP

Crowds pushed to get a peek of the extraordinary Indonesian boy, who measured nearly 62cm (24in) when he was born Monday, at the Abdul Manan hospital in the northern town of Kisaran on the strictly Islamic island of Sumatra.

“This is fantastic,” said Dewi Miranti, a mother from a nearby village as she peered through a window with around a hundred others. “This is the biggest baby I have ever seen. He looks very well and is cute.”

The baby’s extreme weight was the result of excessive glucose from his mother during pregnancy, Dr Sitanggang said.

“He is greedy and has a strong appetite, nursing almost nonstop,” the doctor said.

The boy was the third child of Hasanuddin, 50, and mother Ani, 41. His two “little” brothers weighed 5.3kg (11.6lbs) and 4.5kg (9.9lbs) at birth.

The former Indonesian record holder was a 6.7kg (14.7-lb) baby boy born on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, in 2007.

Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born in the United States in 1879, weighing 10.4kg (23.75lbs) . However, it died 11 hours after birth. The book also cites 10.2kg (22.5-lb) babies born in Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in 1982. -- AP

No comments: