The Doctors: George King, Second Largest Baby Ever Delivered
The second largest baby ever born naturally was delivered a few months ago. George King came into this world weighing a whopping 15 pounds and seven ounces. He almost didn’t make it out alive though, with King’s mother saying her child got stuck while in she was in labor and over 20 doctors had to figure out a way to get the baby our of her and they had to think fast.
Dr. Lisa Masterson said George King was stuck in a life-threatening position. His shoulders were too wide to make it out of his mother and he was literally suffocating inside of her. Dr. Masterson said obstetricians are trained how to deal with such situations but the way to get the child safe from the shoulder dystocia can be potentially harmful to the child and the mother.
Dr. Masterson demonstrated on a doll how an obstetrician will try to move the baby into a different position and if that does not work they will sometimes be forced to break the collarbone of the child to get them out of the womb. She said they will also perform an emergency c-section as well, but Dr. Masterson said they did not perform one on King’s mother because George had been without air for a total of 10 minutes before he was finally out of the womb.
The Drs: Importance Of Prenatal Care
So why were the doctors not prepared to do a c-section on such a large baby? Dr. Masterson speculated that the mother of George did not take proper prenatal care. She said if the mother would have gone to the see the doctor more often during her pregnancy, they would have realized the baby was larger than normal and would not come out of the womb without a c-section.
Dr. Jim Sears also speculated that the baby could have gestational diabetes after he looked at a picture of the chid’s large cheeks. He also said the child may have some brain damage since he was without oxygen for over 10 minutes but none of the damage will be clear until the child is older.
Dr. Lisa Masterson said another big problem with the pregnancy was that the child was delivered two weeks after the due date. She said this can cause problems for the mother because the child continues to grow and the baby will encounter more and more problems after the 40 week mark.