Who’s A Big Boy?

092013_mishmash_israelIsraeli doctors were shocked last week by the birth of the hospital’s largest baby. The size of the 13-pound, 7-ounce (6.245 kilograms) boy, born at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, surprised his mother, too, who was not able to find proper baby pajamas in his size after he was delivered by Caesarean section in the 38th week of pregnancy.

Rambam physicians calculated that the baby at birth was the approximate size and weight of an average 6-month-old infant. Guinness World Records recently reported that a baby weighing 13.49 pounds (6.12 kilograms) was born in Germany in July, and last month, a baby weighing 13.66 pounds (6.2 kilograms) was born in Spain.

“This is the second-largest baby [born at Rambam] in the 35 years that I’ve worked here,” said Shraga Blazer, director of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. “Twenty years ago, I delivered a baby that weighed 6.3 kilograms (about 13.9 pounds). But even when I worked in the U.S., I did not see such a thing.”

Mother and baby are being monitored at Rambam.

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