A baby boy has stunned Sydney doctors after being born almost double the average size of a newborn.
Parker James Bell was born weighing a record-breaking 5.75 kilograms (12lb 6oz) on Thursday at Blacktown Hospital to parents Nikki, 28, and Michael 30. He was delivered naturally with no complications.
Parker’s arrival has since made headlines across the country after his birth was shared on Blacktown Midwifery Group Facebook’s page. They said this is the largest baby they can recall at the hospital.
“New record. Welcome to the world Parker, you’ll be the talk of Blacktown Maternity for a long time to come!” they captioned the post. “We are happy to report the not so little Parker and Mum Nikki are doing well.”
People were quick to comment on Parker’s massive size, with one writing: “Ouch!! What a strong mumma.”
Others compared the newborn to their own babies, with another adding: “Omg my kids weren’t that size till two months old.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, Parker was expected to be a big tot when he hit 3.5kg at his 24 week growth scan (the average newborn weight in Australia is 3.35kg), however despite his size, mum Nikki, didn’t seem too fussed.
“I’m sure all births hurt, whether it’s 1.7kg of 5.7kg — they all hurt,” she told the publication.
The couple, who live in Sydney’s west, already have 20-month-year-old daughter Maddison.
Parker isn’t the first newborn to make headlines for his massive size. Earlier this year, newborn Maoama Ala, from Melbourne, tipped the scales at a whopping 6.3kg. He was delivered by a caesarean one week early on the advice of doctors, who were concerned about his large size.
And in 2017, a US woman also made headlines after giving birth to a 7.2kg baby boy, who was delivered via caesarean.
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Despite their impressive sizes, the biggest baby ever recorded in Australia was Stephen Lyttle who was born weighing a record-breaking 7.39kg. According to The Australian Book of Records, by the time Stephen was one years old he weighed a whopping 15.4kg. Today Stephen, 55, is 1.86 metres tall (6.1 foot) and weighs around 97 kg, roughly the same weight as when he was 21.