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Whoa Baby! Burlington Mom Gives Birth to 14.5-Pound Girl

Carisa Ruscak was roughly double the size of a typical newborn.

Carisa Ruscak, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born at Massachusetts General Hospital. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Carisa Ruscak, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born at Massachusetts General Hospital. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
A Burlington mother on Tuesday gave birth to one of the largest babies Massachusetts General Hospital has ever seen.

Carisa Ruscak tipped the scales at 14 and a half pounds—about double the weight of a typical newborn.

"I heard the weight and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" mother Caroline Ruscak told WCVB-TV. "It validated me because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant, so to hear the size, it made sense."

Both mother and child were in good health, according to MGH spokeswoman Terri Ogan. MGH said it was the biggest baby they've seen in about 10 years.

The heaviest baby ever recorded was a 23-pound child delivered in Ohio in 1879, according to Guinness World Records.

In 2011, a Texas woman gave birth to 16-pound JaMichael Brown.

The average birth weight of a child born in the U.S. is about 7 and a half pounds.
Cindy White April 25, 2014 at 09:57 AM
That poor baby looks just like John Pinette. I hope she improves with age.
Not the Cat April 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM
You mean this little fella is a girl? I thought it was a baby picture of Kim Jung Un ruler of North Korea.
Kim Connair April 25, 2014 at 03:44 PM
I started out at 95 lb at most and I'm 5"2. By the time I had her I was 155 lb as I was with all my children. When I gave birth to her she weighed in at 6 lb 7 oz. Both my boy's were 7 lb 1oz. I don't feel being big is a factor in having big baby's.
Maryann Campling April 27, 2014 at 07:20 AM
I wonder if the husband (father) of this child is overweight. My observation of families I see is that if the parents are fat, the kids are, too. Obesity in our culture is epidemic....just look around you...kids, teens, adults of all ages. Personal appearance is important, but the health issues that this condition causes should be a major cause of concern. And weight control is actually quite simple....eat less/exercise more.
Jean Q April 27, 2014 at 01:10 PM
The baby looks like it's dad and the mom isn't that heavy looking. Baby fat will go away.

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