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Vietnam’s heaviest baby born at 7.1kg

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 11:32 GMT+7

A Vietnamese woman recently gave birth to the heaviest baby ever born in Vietnam, much to the delight of the family. 

The bundle of joy, weighing a whopping 7.1kg, was born on October 14 at Vinh Tuong General Hospital in Vinh Phuc Province, located in northern Vietnam.

The newborn boy, regarded as the largest in the country, is the second child in the family.

The mother gave birth to the baby boy by C-section.

On October 15, after conducting several tests, the hospital confirmed that both the baby and mother are healthy.

The mother has so far been unable to breastfeed the child. Until she is able to do so, doctors will feed the baby with healthy amounts of special milk.

Tran Trung Quan, the newborn’s 42-year-old father, says the baby’s older brother was born weighing 4.2 kg, is now four years old, healthy, and a little taller than most of his peers.

Quan said his wife had not been on any special nutritional diet during pregnancy.

Vu Ba Quyet, director of the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that newborns weighing over 4kg must be carefully examined and observed in order to prevent diabetes.

The heaviest baby born in Vietnam, weighing 7.1kg. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The heaviest baby born in Vietnam, weighing 7.1kg. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The 7.1kg newborn is healthy, but doctors say he still needs to be carefully observed to ensure proper development and growth.

“There have been babies born here weighing almost 7kg and 6.5kg, but, at 7.1kg, this is the heaviest yet,” claimed Quyet.

The second heaviest healthy baby was born weighing 7kg in Gia Lai Province. In 2016, a baby in Nam Dinh Province was born at 6.1 kg. There were also two babies born at 6.5kg in Da Nang City in 2016.

The heaviest baby ever born to a healthy mother was delivered at 10.2kg in Italy in 1955, weighing 10.2kg.

Recently, another ‘magical case’ occurred in Vietnamese obstetrics.

On September 29, 2017 a mother gave birth to healthy triplets at Can Tho Maternity Hospital in the Mekong Delta. The mother lives in Kien Giang Province, neighboring Can Tho City.

The mother’s waters broke prematurely during her 36th week of pregnancy.

Thanks to prompt treatment and the effective coordination of doctors from several departments, three baby girls were successfully delivered. Both the mother and newborns were healthy.

Triplet pregnancy is quite rare and can pose many risks to the mother.

Occurring in only one in 8,000 pregnancies, triplet pregnancy can cause premature labor, high blood pressure, and gestational diabetes.

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