LONGVIEW, Texas—A 16-pound baby born Friday in Longview holds the new hospital record.
Janet Johnson of Longview is the proud mother of one of the biggest babies ever born in Texas. JaMichael Brown was born at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
"When they pulled the baby out, they could tell that he was huge," said Janet. "And then they weighed him."
Weeks ago, doctors told Janet and her Fiance Michael Brown their son would weigh 12 or 13 pounds at birth.
But preparing for a 13-pound baby wasn’t enough. JaMichael came out weighing 16 pounds, one ounce. He’s also two feet long.
"First thing I asked - was he okay," said Janet. "They said yes."
Nurse Mary Beth Smith, who’s been on the job 20 years, was in the delivery room during Janet’s C-section.
"This is the biggest baby I have ever seen," said Smith.
Janet was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which may have contributed to JaMichael’s size.
"It’s a beautiful baby," said Smith. "But for health reasons. We’d rather not see a baby this large ... They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar."
Doctors placed baby JaMichael in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
"He’s getting fed through a feeding tube and they’re checking his blood sugar," said Janet.
But Janet expects her baby to be just fine. And she can’t wait to give her big boy a lot of love.
Those at the hospital aren’t sure 16 pounds is a state record—although they can’t find proof of a bigger baby born in Texas. The world record is 23 pounds and 12 ounces.