Woman gives birth to 15 pound baby

December 1st, 2009 by

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KARE/CNN) - At eight months, a doctor warned Wendi Dolton her baby was going to exceed ten pounds. But nothing could prepare her for the big bundle of joy that arrived last week.

“They said 15.6 and I thought I was kind of groggy I was on pain killers, I didn’t know if it was 15.6 the time,” said Dolton.

Wendi and her husband Mike, from Racine, Minn., named their baby Axel Laverne.

“I had some clothes ready for him, and yep, he’s outgrown them already,” said Dolton. “And my family bought clothes and they won’t fit him.”

He arrived by C-section, three weeks early. Axel is in neo-natal intensive care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, being monitored for a heart condition associated with premature births.

Axel’s parents say he’s doing well. They hope to take him home to his sisters in a few days.

By the way, fifteen pounds six ounces is well shy of the largest newborn ever. The Guinness Book of World Records says that title belongs to a baby born in 1879, that weighed in at 23 pounds, 12 ounces.

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