A baby weighing a whopping 12lbs 12oz has been born to a surprised family in Cleethorpes.
Even hospital staff gasped when Brodey Young was born on the Bluberry Ward at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital on Tuesday morning.
Weighing almost as much as a bowling ball, Brodey is the heaviest baby born at Grimsby hospital for the past ten years and among the biggest ever delivered there.
‘I felt light and I could feel the difference in pressure when he was coming out. I knew he was going to be a big baby but you don’t know just how big until you see him and hold him.’
Mum-of-three Sheralyn said there were no abnormalities during her pregnancy which could have pointed towards Brodey’s staggering weight but explained that her other two children, Bailey Hemsley and Payton Young, also tipped the scales when they were born.
Bailey, now 18, weighed 10lbs 2oz and two-year-old Payton weighed over 8lbs 15oz when she was delivered.
Despite being born just a matter of days ago, Brodey is already comfortably filling his 0-3 months clothes and is drinking around 70 millilitres of milk every three to four hours. The average for a newborn baby is said to be between 20 and 40 millilitres.
Sheralyn, who was supported on the Blueberry ward by her loving partner Robert Young, added: ‘The pregnancy itself was all textbook. I have had big births before.
‘The midwife estimated that Brodey would weigh between 9lbs and 12lbs and they were absolutely spot on.
‘During the pregnancy it was just baby weight that I put on which is quite unusual. The bump was huge and whenever I went shopping people would stop and say: “Oh my God, look at it!”‘
A spokeswoman at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust confirmed Brodey was the heaviest baby born at Grimsby hospital in the past ten years. The previous record of the decade was a 12lbs 3oz baby born in 2014.
However, back in October 1945, the Grimsby Telegraph reported on a story when baby John William was born to Emily Dorothy Russell weighing an incredible 14lbs and measuring 24 inches long.
Sheralyn and Robert say they are just happy that Brodey, who measured 63 centimetres when he was born, is healthy and has been delivered in time for Christmas.
‘He was four days early and I had to go in for cesarean, which was quite daunting because I had never had one before. They told us it had to be cesarean because otherwise it can get quite dangerous,’ she said.
‘We’re used to drama. Our daughter Payton was delivered at home by Robert because she couldn’t wait. We don’t do things by half!’
She added: ‘The whole team at the hospital from the surgeons, midwives, nurses were all excellent.
‘When I saw him I cried. I got dead emotional. It’s nice to bring him back home in time for Christmas.’
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