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‘Heaviest’ baby girl born in Imphal

Imphal, Feb. 23: A baby girl delivered at Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences has broken the record for being India’s heaviest newborn.

The girl, weighing 6kg and measuring 57cm, was delivered through a Caesarean last evening and is yet to be named.

“The mother and the baby are doing fine. The mother had a normal pregnancy period. There was no complication during the surgery and after the delivery,” Dr Kharibam Paikhomba, who led the medical team that performed the surgery lasting nearly 20 minutes, told The Telegraph.

Before the girl was born at 7.24pm yesterday in the gynaecology ward of the medical institute, Vanshika of Surat — born on June 11, 2010 — was India’s heaviest newborn at 5.680kg and 57cm, according to the India Book of Records.

Baby Shaheen Iqbal of Noida, born in February 2011, at 5.6kg and of 60cm length, was deemed the second heaviest newborn.

Doctors said the normal weight of a newborn in India is between 2.5kg and 3.5kg.

The child, the mother, Mayanglambam Senu, 36, a housewife from Kakching Khunou of Thoubal district and her husband Mayanglambam Maipakchao, a private school teacher, attracted the attention of patients and relatives at the hospital.

Relatives of patients and hospital staff took photographs of the mother and child.

The father said Senu consumed only vegetables and fish and was not too fond of meat. “She did not take any extra food,” he added.

“The mother was admitted to the hospital at 5.21pm. After knowing the size of the baby, we opted for a Caesarean. The mother arrived at the hospital in an advanced stage of labour. The arrangements for the operation began at 7pm and the delivery was done at 7.24pm,” Paikhomba said.

Senu was first taken to a local health centre, which suggested that the mother be taken to the medical institute.

“We are happy that everything is fine despite the child’s weight. This is our fourth girl child,” the father said. The earlier three children had normal deliveries at home.

On a name for the “record-breaking” child, Maipakchao said he would consult his wife first. The baby is currently being kept at the hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit.