A Massachusetts couple welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday that weighted 14.5 pounds.
Caroline and Bryan Ruscak welcomed their bundle of joy, Carisa, who weighted 14.5 pounds, the biggest infant to be delivered at Massachusetts General Hospital in 12 years. Carisa was delivered via caesarian section.
The Ruscaks had expected a big baby as their first sibling, Claudia, was born at 10.5 pounds. But they never knew the new guest in their family is going to set a record.
“I heard the weight and I was like, ‘Oh, my God. “It validated me because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant, so to hear the size, it made sense,” Caroline said.
Proud dad Bryyn said, “When she came out at 14 and a half pounds, I couldn’t believe it. I took a picture of the scale just to document it because I couldn’t believe how big she was. And long, too: 22 inches is long. That’s what we like, long and big. That’s what I am.”
Dr. Robert Barbieri, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says, “About one in 1,000 babies could weigh 11 pounds, and in every 100,000 could weigh 14 pounds.”
A 14-pound baby is extremely rare, says Barbieri.