Jan 30, 2010

The Largest Human Baby Every Born

The largest human newborn baby ever to be recorded was parented by Anna Haining Bates on January 19, 1879, four days after going into labor. The baby weighed 10.6 kg or nearly 24 pounds and was 30 inches (71 centimeters) tall. Each of his feet was six inches (152 mm) long. Sadly, the child was only able to survive for 9 hours. I could not find a record of his name. Anna Haining Bates was a Canadian from Mill Brook, New Annan and was famed for her great height, believed to be 2.27 m (7' 5½"). She weighed around 400 pounds. When visiting a circus in Halifax in which Martin Van Buren Bates, another enormously tall person was travelling.

Anna was spotted by the promoter and hired on the spot. The giant couple became a touring sensation and eventually fell in love, thus creating the largest baby ever recorded. While Anna was giving birth the doctors noticed that the baby’s head was too large and that greatly complicated the delivery and helped lead to the child’s death.

Anna Haining Bates (left)

Anna Haining Bates (right)


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