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.
Reacting to the birth, 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.’ However, she is being kept at the neonatal intensive care unit and doctors are monitoring her developments before they discharge her.
Her birth overtakes the current record holder, Carisa Rusack, who was born weighing 14lb 5oz in Massachusetts in 2014.