Russia`s heaviest-ever newborn baby, born in the Altai Territory in southern Siberia in September, has been allowed to go home, the chief of the department for infant pathology said Monday.
"Last week we discharged mother and baby from hospital. They are well," Rimma Nazarova said, adding that after three weeks in hospital "the baby feels well".
The record-breaking baby, who weighted 7.75kg (17.1 pounds), was born at a maternity clinic in Aleisk on September 17. Her mother, Tatiana Khalina, 42, underwent a Caesarean delivery.
Several days after the birth, Nadezhda was put under the special care of the local health department and transferred to a children`s hospital in Barnaul, the capital of the Altai Territory.
The mother said she was not surprised by the girl`s record weight, as the first of her 11 children had weighed more than 5kg (11 pounds) at birth, and the others "beat the records set by their brothers and sisters".
Statistics say the average weight for newborn babies is about 3.2 kg (7 pounds).
According to the Guinness Book of Records the heaviest baby ever, who weighed 13.26 kg (29.23 pounds), was born in 1939 in Illinois, U.S., but died several hours later of respiratory problems. The heaviest surviving newborn was a 10.2kg (22.5 pounds) boy, born in 1955 in Italy.
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