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Whoa, baby! Texas mom delivers 16-pound newborn

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) -- A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like this: 16 pounds, 1 ounce (7.3 kilograms).

Janet Johnson on Monday remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.

This photo provided by Good Shepherd Medical Center Marketing Department shows JaMichael Brown Monday, July 11, 2011, in the hospital's neonatal care unit in Longview, Texas. (AP-Yonhap News)
This photo provided by Good Shepherd Medical Center Marketing Department shows JaMichael Brown Monday, July 11, 2011, in the hospital's neonatal care unit in Longview, Texas. (AP-Yonhap News)

“Everybody was amazed that he was so big,” Johnson, 39, said. “I don't think too many people have heard of having a 16-pound baby.”

JaMichael was born Friday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Johnson has gestational diabetes, which results in bigger newborns for many mothers. Doctors had estimated JaMichael would be around 12 pounds (5.44 kilograms) prior to the cesarean birth.

The hospital has asked the state's vital records department whether JaMichael is big enough to approach any Texas newborn records, said Victoria Ashworth, a hospital spokeswoman. He is certainly the biggest in the history of the Longview hospital and was born, Ashworth said, almost two years to the day after the hospital delivered its smallest baby ever, who weighed just 15 ounces.

Guinness World Records says the heaviest newborn ever recorded weighed 23 pounds (10.43 kilograms), 12 ounces (340 grams), born to an Ohio woman in 1879.

Ashworth said JaMichael, whose father is 6-foot (1.83-meter)-7 inches (17.78 centimeters), was likely to be transferred Monday from the neonatal intensive care unit and into the regular nursery. Johnson said she hoped to get her son home later this week -- and return his newborn clothes that won't fit.

Not to mention, Johnson said, get her son out of the spotlight finally.

“It's gotten overwhelming,” Johnson said. “But if I had heard of someone having a 16-pound baby, I would probably want to have heard about it, too.”

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미국 텍사스 주에서 7.3kg 우량아 탄생

미국 텍사스 주 에서 몸무게가 7.3kg에 달하는 아기가 태어나 화제를 모으고 있다. 

텍사스에서 태어난 아기 중 가장 몸무게가 많이 나가는 아이로 태어날 당시에 병원 의사들도 전에 본 적이 없는 큰 아이라고 말했다.

아이 엄마인 자넷 존슨은 임신 중에 임신성 당뇨병 진단을 받았으며 이 병을 가진 다른 임산부들 또한 우량아를 출산하는 사례가 많다고 알려졌다.

현재 기네스북에 기록된 가장 무거운 신생아는 1879년 오하이오주 출신으로 무려 몸무게가10.43kg에 달했다.

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