Monday, July 11th 2011, 2:38 PM
Everything in Texas is bigger – including its newborns.
A woman in Longview, Tex., gave birth to a 16-pound baby boy last week, sparking speculation of a new state record for largest baby ever born.
Janet Johnson, 39, and her fiancé, Michael Brown, said they were floored when doctors at Good Shepherd Medical Center reported that their baby boy, JaMichael Brown, tipped the scales at 16 pounds, one ounce and was nearly two feet long.
“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.”
The couple suspected that they were having a big baby — Michael Brown is 6-foot-7 — and had told friends throwing them baby shower to avoid buying “any newborn stuff.”
Doctors said that Johnson was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which may have contributed to JaMichael’s size.
“It’s a beautiful baby,” nurse Mary Beth Smith told KYTX television. “But for health reasons, we’d rather not see a baby this large…They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar.”
Doctors placed the baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where he was getting fed through a feeding tube.
The family said they expect the little big man to be fine.
Hospital officials weren’t sure if he was the biggest baby ever born in the state, but they couldn’t find records of any one bigger.
“This is the biggest baby I have ever seen,” Smith said.
JaMichael Brown was born on Friday July 8th, 2011