07 February 2011
New Delhi, India
A team of three doctors, including an anaesthetist, took three hours to pull the baby out. The mother, Sanjeeda, was admitted at 11.30 am on Friday and delivered at 2.30 pm. It was her fourth child.
Shaheen missed the title of being India’s heaviest newborn by just 100 grams. India’s heaviest baby, a girl, was born in Surat in 2010. She weighed 5.7 kg. An Indian newborn normally weighs 2.5–3.5 kg.
"We had to be extremely careful in pulling out a baby with such big shoulders. When Sanjeeda was brought to our hospital, the baby’s head was visible. We had no time to arrange an operation," said Dr Shweta Mohanty, senior gynecologist, Noida District Hospital.
Doctors said the baby developed hypoglycemia–lower than normal blood sugar level–soon after birth. "Due to his size, his mother’s milk was not sufficient," said Dr chief medical superintendent Meena Mishra. The baby has been referred to Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Delhi.