Thursday, September 27, 2007
The BBC are reporting how a Russian woman has given birth to a baby weighing 7.75kg (17.5lbs), which is massive, more than twice the average newborn weight. She was delivered by Caesarean section at a hospital in the Altai region of Siberia.
"We were all simply in shock," reports quoted Nadia's mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43, as saying. "What did the father say? He couldn't say a thing - he just stood there blinking," she said.
Scarily all her previous babies had weighed more than 5kg (11lb), a local reporter was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.
"I ate everything, we don't have the money for special foods so I just ate potatoes, noodles and tomatoes," added Mrs Barabanova, who had the child on 17 September.
Other heavy babies include a boy weighing 17lb (7.73kg), born in 2005 in Brazil; and a 10.2kg (22.5lb) boy born in Italy in 1955, and a 10.8kg (23.8lb) boy born in the US in 1879 but who died 11 hours later.
I am sure there must be a way of using this news item in a talk or assembly, I find it inconceivable to believe that someone could give birth to something that large. 17.5 Ilbs is massive.