Matthew Anthony Maldanado weighed in at 14 pounds, 3.6 ounces after mom gave birth following a C-section at a Salinas, California, hospital.
Baby Matthew arrived Monday at 6:19 a.m. after the mother, Emily, was in labor for two days. The father, Jose, was told to expect a big baby.
There was disbelief in the delivery room.
Maldanado said she didn't believe it when she had the C-section. "They took him out and the doctor started saying damn, so they put him on the scale, 14 pounds, 3.6 ounces."
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Natividad Medical Center's Dr. Roberta Bruni said of the child's birth weight, "There was an absolutely incredible number so I thought they'd transposed and then I came in here and it wasn't a transposition."
No one in the neo-natal intensive care unit had ever seen a baby this big before.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest baby ever born belonged to Canadian Anna Bates, who gave birth to a boy weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 30 inches long back in 1879. In recent memory, an Indonesian woman birthed a boy weighing 19 pounds, the size of an average toddler.