An Australian baby has surprised both his family and doctors this week, after entering the world at nearly double the size of most newborns. Maoama Ala tipped the scales at almost 13.9 pounds when he was born on February 13, at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He’s the heaviest baby ever born at the hospital.
He was delivered by cesarean section one week early due to the advice of doctors, who were concerned about his large size. “We were all a little bit shocked and surprised by it,” Dr. Lauren De Luca told reporters. “It’s off the charts. The last big baby we had here was 6.23 kilos [about 13.7 pounds] back in 2013.”
The not-so-little one weighs nearly as much as a six-month-old baby, but his mom, Teu, is simply happy he arrived safe and sound. “I was crying, I was happy… plus, he’s healthy,” Teu told 9 News. “The main thing is not his size, but he was coming out healthy and happy.”
Maoama is Teu’s fourth child and yes, he’s also the heaviest. “They [the children] were asking, did they look like him when they were babies,” Teu said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, but the difference is the size.'”
“Double zero, triple zero, doesn’t fit on him. He’s wearing three to six-month-old clothes,” Teu added. She also said that she’s still hoping to have one more baby in the future. Congratulations to the happy family!
This post was written by Candice Mehta-Culjak. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.