Just being a big baby

Normalization comes quickly here. It is now an ordinary occurrence to have babies born with HIV, children present extremely late in their illness or mothers scrapping the back of a child’s throat to cure disease.

It is also not unusual for children to be born extremely underweight. Malnutrition and disease wreak havoc on a fetus’s development and many full-term infants are delivered with weights of 1.5-2.5 kgs.

However, today was a different story. A healthy, yet petite, non-diabetic mother gave birth to the largest infant I have possibly ever seen. At more than 5 kg, he dwarfed other children in the neonatal unit and outweighed three patients on our pediatric service with ages of 6, 7 and 9 months.

Our patient next to a normal 2.8 kg infant


One Response to “Just being a big baby”

  1. Francisco Acosta Says:

    That is a big baby, momma must be proud!

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