Call Him 'King Baby': UK Baby Born 15 Lb. 7 Oz., Survives Despite Only 10 Percent Odds
Call him "king" of the babies. Six-week-old George King was born to parents Jade Packer and Ryan King, both 21 years old, six weeks ago, but what should have been a happy occasion quickly turned dramatic when doctors realized too late how large the infant was. He was born 15 pounds 7 ounces.
According to the Daily Mail, no one realized that the infant, who was born 15 days after his due date, would be born as big as he was. In fact, according to the BBC, no one is quite sure about why baby George was so big in the first place. His mother was about seven pounds at her birth, while his father was about nine.
The birth was quite traumatic for the couple. Ms. Packer, who was given an epidural and gas, gave birth naturally during a 16-hour labor. However, during the birth, baby George's shoulders became stuck. Ms. Packer says that there were 20 doctors in the room, along with the couple and Ms. Packer's mother, and that everyone was fearful for the baby's life.
In fact, George was deprived of oxygen for 20 minutes, the Telegraph reports. After the delivery, doctors gave him just a 10 percent chance of survival.
He was taken to the special baby unit in Saint Michael's Hospital. During the dramatic ordeal, George's parents received accommodation from the non-profit Cots for Tots, so that they would not need to commute to the hospital from Cheltenham in order to see their baby.
Six weeks later, George has been brought home and the family is adjusting to parent life. While it seems possible that the ordeal may cause him to have developmental difficulties later, so far George has not shown any adverse reaction to his dramatic birth. Regardless, the infant is still being closely monitored.
According to Metro, mother Jade says that she will probably not have any more children, out of fear that George's siblings would be equally enormous.
Now six weeks old, George has gained just a pound. At 2 feet 2 inches tall, he wears clothes for a six-month-old.
"Now we are home, [and] we are getting used to family life together," Ms. Packer said. "Everyone has said his size will level out and he will grow at a normal rate."
A video about the ordeal can be found below.