19-pound baby born in Indonesia


A new born baby in Indonesia is drawing attention both locally and internationally for being one if not the largest baby to be born. The infant, Akbar Risuddin, measured 24 inches (62 cm.) is weighing about 19.2 pounds (8.7 kilograms).

The child was born to a diabetic mother by Caesarean section at the Abdul Manan General Hospital in the town of Asahan in North Sumatra province, on Monday. The mother of the baby boy labored for 40 minutes and suffered a complicated operation because of the infant’s weight and size.

“This heavy baby made the surgery really tough, especially the process of taking him out of his mum’s womb. His legs were so big,” said the gynecologist, Binsar Sitanggang.

Akbar could be the biggest in Indonesia but according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879. The baby was born on January 19, but survived only 11 hours. He was the largest newborn ever recorded, at 10.6 kg, or nearly 24 pounds and 30 inches (71 centimeters) tall and each of his feet was six inches (152 mm) long.