Huge baby born at US hospital
Updated: 2006-09-15 16:38
Norwich, Conn. - Oh baby! Marie Michel's fifth child was one for the record
books. Michel gave birth to a 14-pound, 13-ounce boy Tuesday at William W.
Marie Michel holds her newborn baby Stephon
Hendrix Louis-Jean at Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., Wednesday, Sept.
13, 2006. Stephon was born weighing 14 pounds 13 ounces. [AP
Backus officials said the newborn, Stephon Hendrix Louis-Jean, broke the
18-year record for the biggest baby ever born at the hospital by 1 pound, 13
ounces. He was nearly 23 inches long.
"He's built like a linebacker," said Dr. David Kalla, who delivered the baby
by Caesarean section.
After nine months of carrying Stephon, 36-year-old Michel said she was more
tired and happy to have given birth than all the attention her baby was
"I was miserable," Michel said. "I couldn't sleep at night. My 13-year-old
son had to help me get in and out bed."
The baby's size came as no surprise to his mom. Michel's oldest son weighed 9
pounds at birth, her 8-year-old twin sons each weighed 8 1/2 pounds and her
youngest son, age 3, was nearly 12 pounds.
Michel's husband, Vijens Louis-Jean, a truck driver, was coming from Florida
to see his son.
Less than 24 hours old, the baby was fitting into clothes for a 6-month-old
and was too big for newborn diapers.
"I have baby clothes but I don't think they will be able to fit," Michel
said. "I think I will have to return them."