Crowds flock to see 19lb newborn boy

Author: By Denny Sitohan, Associated Press

Akbar Risuddin was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute caesarean delivery
that was complicated because of his unusual weight and size, Dr Binsar
Sitanggang said.

“I’m very happy that my baby and his mother are in good health,” father
Muhammad Hasanuddin said today. “I hope I can afford to feed the baby
enough, because he needs more milk than other babies.”

Crowds pushed to get a peek of the extraordinary boy, who measured nearly 24
inches (62 centimeters) when he was born Monday, at the Abdul Manan hospital
in the northern town of Kisaran on the island of Sumatra.

“This is fantastic,” Dewi Miranti, a mother from a nearby village, said as she
peered through a window with about a hundred other people. “He looks very
well and is cute.”

The baby’s extreme weight was the result of excessive glucose from his mother
during pregnancy, Dr. Sitanggang said.

“He is greedy and has a strong appetite, nursing almost nonstop,” the doctor
said.

The boy was the third child of Hasanuddin, 50, and mother Ani, 41, who like
many Indonesians goes by a single name. His two “little” brothers weighed
11.6 pounds (5.3 kilograms) and 9.9 pounds (4.5 kilograms) at birth.

The former Indonesian record holder was a 14.7-pound (6.7-kilogram) baby boy
born on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, in 2007.

Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born in the U.S. in
1879, weighing 23.75 pounds (10.4 kilograms). However, it died 11 hours
after birth. The book also cites 22.5-pound (10.2-kilogram) babies born in
Italy in 1955 and in South Africa in 1982.

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