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Woman Gives Birth To Baby Weighing Nearly 16 Pounds

A mother from Vietnam has broken records after doctors weighed her newborn son and found out that he weighed 15.7 pounds (7.1 kilograms) – one of the heaviest newborn weights on record in Southeast Asia. The whopping baby boy was delivered through a Caesarean section (without any complications) and is now resting with his mother at a hospital in Vinh Phuc province.

"When the doctor said my child was 7.1 kilograms, we all couldn't believe it," said Tran Van Quan, the baby’s father, in an interview with AFP. After initial screenings, doctors warned the baby’s mother, Nguyen Kim Lien, that her son would weigh somewhere between 4 and 5 kilograms. However, this figure quickly turned out to be a significant underestimate. "He was 7.2 kilograms with some clothes on, so a bit heavier than when he came out of mummy!” emphasized Mr. Quan.

To make sure that their measurements were correct, doctors at Vinh Phuc hospital retrieved a set of electronic and physical scales from the mother’s hospital room. Unsurprisingly, the scales returned the same number. After recording the baby’s exact weight, hospital staff alerted local media outlets and contacted AFP.

According to the Daily Mail, the name of the enormous baby is Tran Tien Quoc. By all reports, both Ms. Lien and her son are healthy, rested and ready to come home. When Baby Quoc returns home, he will meet Tran and Nguyen’s second son. Unlike his brother, this boy – born in 2008 – only weighed 4.2 kilograms at birth.

The last time a baby’s weight made Vietnam’s national headlines was in 2008. In this incident, a woman from Central Gia Lau province gave birth to an infant girl who weighed close to 7 kilograms. According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest baby in the world was born in Aversa, Italy. Born in 1955, the unnamed baby’s weight was recorded as 10.2 kilograms.

The people of Vietnam are no strangers to birth abnormalities or defects. Many scientists speculate that the high rate of birth defects in Vietnam can be traced back to the deployment of U.S. chemical weapons during the Vietnam War. One of the most infamous chemicals used by the U.S. in Vietnam was Agent Orange – a toxic spray and herbicide that was supposedly used to kill the tree cover and vegetation that was sheltering the Viet Cong.

Americans and Vietnamese would later discover that Agent Orange, which can stay in soil for decades, contained a slew of dangerous chemicals. “This was from the old days and lessons have and are still being learnt,” wrote ‘Mr Yowler’. “This is why no one else must be allowed to have weapons of mass destruction or any form of biological and chemical weapons whatsoever. EVER. America has learnt. Places like Iran and N.Korea have not and simply do not care anyway.”

Another Daily Mail user, ‘The Equalizer’ also expressed his frustration with the lack of accountability towards Vietnam. “Someone somewhere has to pay for this, AMERICA? You caused it,” he wrote. “You should be paying for the highest form of care for these people, at the very least!!”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: AFP

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