Andhra Pradesh: New-born baby weighs 5.5 kgs

A 20-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl weighing 5.5 kgs at the GSL General Hospital in Rajahmundry on Friday.

    
"The average birth-weight is around 2.8 kgs. It is not unusual to be born with 2.5 to 3.5 kgs weight, but a baby with 5.5 kgs is quite unusual, especially in India," said Dr V Sarojini, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, GSL General Hospital.
    
Both the baby and the mother were doing well, she added.
    
The highest birth-weight in the world has been reported in Lybia (6.2 kgs).
    
Karimi Devi (20), the woman, hails from Pera Ramachandrapuram near Anaparthi in East Godavari District. Her husband is an auto-rickshaw driver.
    
The baby was delivered through a cesarean section, the doctor added.
    
The couple's earlier child too weighed 4 kgs at the time of birth.
   
"It is common to have overweight babies if parents are diabetic. But this baby's parents are not diabetic. There are no specific reasons for high birth weight in this case," the doctor added.

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