A newborn who tipped the scales at more than 7.3kg broke the local hospital’s weight records in Longview, Texas, press reported last Monday.
The baby boy, named JaMichael, delivered by Caesarean section to parents Janet Johnson and Michael Brown on July 8, exceeded doctors’ weight predictions by some 1.8kg.
“We’re just amazed,” Johnson told the Longview News-Journal.
“I can’t believe he’s that big. A lot of the baby clothes we bought for him will have to be returned. They’re already too small for him to wear.”
The hospital also had trouble outfitting such a large baby: the newborn nursery did not have diapers big enough to fit him, the mother said.
According to local news reports, Johnson suffered from gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which contributed to her baby’s large size.
The condition causes a pregnant woman to become resistant to her body’s own insulin and to pass higher than normal amounts of sugar to her baby, who stores the extra calories as fat.
JaMichael reportedly will be spending his first few days of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to regulate his blood sugar.
1. deliver v.
接生 (jie1 sheng1)
例: The doctor delivered the baby.
2. contribute to v. phr.
促成 (cu4 cheng2)
例: The disease contributed to her early death, but was definitely not the only cause.
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例: He takes blood pressure medicine to regulate his blood pressure.
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