- A Texas babyweighed nearly 15 pounds when he was born at Arlington Memorial Hospital this month, CBS 11 reported.
- He is the largest baby that’s been born at the hospital, a spokesperson told CNN.
- After a weeklong stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, the child is at home with his parents and healthy.
A baby born in Arlington, Texas this month weighed in at nearly 15 pounds, breaking a hospital record, CBS 11 reported on Friday.
The baby was born via C-section to parents Eric and Jennifer Medlock at Arlington Medical Hospital, weighing 14 pounds and 13 ounces. By comparison, the average newborn weighs around 7 pounds at birth, according to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
A spokesperson confirmed to CNN that, according to hospital records, the baby is the largest child ever born there.
After his birth, the baby spent one week in the neonatal intensive care unit due to low blood sugar and platelet levels, but he has since returned home with his parents and is healthy, according to CBS 11.
“It doesn’t matter how big he is, I’m so blessed,” Jennifer Medlock told CBS 11.
She added that she and her husband were expecting a larger-than-average baby because their firstborn child weighed more than nine pounds at birth.
Many other babies have been born at larger-than-average sizes. The heaviest birth ever recorded was a boy born in 1879 to the world’s tallest married couple, according to Guinness World Records. The child weighed 22 pounds at birth but sadly died just hours later. In 2005, a woman in Brazil reportedly gave birth to a 17-pound baby, and in 2009, CNN reported on a 19.2-pound baby born in Indonesia. Last year, a California woman welcomed a healthy baby weighing more than 13 pounds, CBS News reported.
The Texas baby’s birth was significant for another reason: Jennifer told CBS 11 that she has severe polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition in which women have increased levels of male hormones in their bodies. This may cause irregular periods, acne and excess hair growth, and infertility, according to the National Institutes of Health. It’s also common, affecting one in every 10 women of childbearing age, as the US Department of Health and Human Services explains.
Doctors told the Medlocks that having children would be difficult, but the couple decided to try anyway, and they had their first child with the help of fertility treatments, CBS 11 reported. They had been preparing to start these treatments again when they discovered they were expecting their second child, the report added.
“I love proving people wrong,” Jennifer told CBS 11.
Eric told CNN that Jennifer experienced a secondary infection after the C-section that will require a few more weeks of healing.
“Her recovery is progressing, but we still have a ways to go before she can be back at 100%,” Eric told INSIDER via Facebook.
Friends and family of the Medlocks launched a GoFundMe page to help offset some of their medical costs. Thankfully, after his stay in the hospital, their new arrival is healthy and doing well.
“We never expected so much attention from this story,” he added. “We see [our son] as our beautiful baby boy, not as a 15-pound miracle. But actually he is a miracle. The most heartwarming responses are from those who share their hope for getting pregnant, no matter their size, or PCOS, or other fertility issues.”
Watch CBS 11’s full report below.
This post has been updated to include comment from Eric Medlock.
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