Going into labour, Breanna Sykes was told that her baby would be on the bigger side. What an understatement that was! Everyone was more than a little surprised when the baby Ziad was born weighing a whopping 5.9kg!
“It was a very big surprise,” the Carramar mum said from her hospital bed at Joondalup Health Campus. “The doctor would not induce me (at first) but then measured me on the table and said he thought my baby would be about eight or nine pounds. My waters broke, and I was fully dilated, but the pain was too much. I was having an anxiety attack so they had to put me under anaesthetic.”
Oh my gosh! I would be having an anxiety attack too wondering how I would get the baby out! Luckily for the mum, while she was under anaesthetic the doctors performed an emergency caesarean.
“When I woke up they told me I had a 13.2 pound (5.9kg) baby.”
Baby Ziad Kadic was born via caesarean just after 7.15pm on Saturday weighing in at 5.9kg and measuring 57cm, which is longer than a loaf of bread.
The mother may have been shocked by her baby’s weight and size but so were all the staff at the hospital. While nothing has been confirmed, Ziad could be the biggest baby born in WA, possibly Australia.
“I have had 15 doctors come visit me when they found out how big he was,” Breanna explained. “Most have said he was the biggest newborn they have ever seen. One of the doctors said to me he’s the biggest baby he has seen in his 15 years as a doctor. My partner is very excited, he is out celebrating. And my family are just shell shocked. They just can’t believe how big he is.”
There has been no reason given as to why baby Ziad was so big. Doctors say there could be a number of factors that would influence a baby’s size.
“The doctors said it could be genetics,” she said. “They have done all these tests and all the blood work, he’s perfectly healthy.
“He’s just so chunky, beautiful, very chubby, cuddly and sleepy.”
A huge congratulations to Breanna and her partner in what looks set to be a very Happy Mother’s Day indeed!
Photo credit: Stewart Allen