15-Pound Baby Safe After Scary Birth in England

A 15 pound, 7 ounce baby named George was born six weeks ago in England in a surprising–and harrowing–experience for the boy’s mother, Jade King, who birthed him vaginally.  Yahoo.com has more:

No one realized just how big George was until his head had emerged, at which point his shoulders got temporarily stuck and he went without oxygen for five minutes.

“There was about 20-odd doctors in the room, and that’s when it got really scary,” King recalled.

Once the baby was out, he was given a 10 percent chance of survival and transferred from Cheltenham to another hospital, in Bristol. He was kept there for four and a half weeks and then went home, and just received normal results from an MRI.

“It might just be that he’s a little bit slow with his learning,” his mom added. “So hopefully it’s just minor little things.”

George has only gained a pound since his birth, and has been wearing clothes sized for a 3-to-6-month old from day one (his mom had to give away all the newborn onesies that were awaiting him at home). He is the second-biggest baby ever born vaginally in the UK, according to various reports; the larger baby weighed just an ounce more.

In George’s case, doctors were unsure of what caused his hugeness, the medical term for which is called macrosomia. But the condition is often caused by mom having had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Image: Woman giving birth at hospital, via Shutterstock

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  1. by Pat Frank

    On March 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Wonder why it took six weeks to hear about this? The mother just quit screaming today.

  2. by felicia

    On March 29, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    holy moly my daughter is ONE and shes not even that big, shes 15lbs 1 oz

  3. by Lucil

    On March 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Wow ! I am glad her and George are okay ! My son Elijah was 10 pounds and 4 ounces. !

  4. by Amanda

    On April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    How in this day and age can this kind of thing happen? Our doctors are missing WAY too many issues with babies in utero. If they’d caught this, they would have delivered him by C section and he wouldn’t have been brain damaged. I’d sue.

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