A baby boy born weighing 15.5 pounds in central China may be the heaviest Chinese baby on record in China, state media reported.
The arrival of Chun Chun, delivered by Caesarean section in a local hospital in Xinxiang city, Henan province on Saturday, was auspiciously timed, just after the start of the lunar new year, the Year of the Dragon, the Daily Mail wrote.
Chun Chun's father, interviewed by local broadcaster Xinxiang Television, said: "My wife was not different from other pregnant women. She ate and drank normally as she should. But she's given birth to such a big, fat son. Today is the first day of spring in the Chinese calendar and he's a 'dragon baby'. I feel very happy."
Chun Chun's mother, 29, who along with her baby were in good condition, anticipated a bigger baby than her first, a daughter, weighed just over 8 pounds at birth.
"I clearly felt that my body was more clumsy than when I had been pregnant with my daughter," she said. "My belly was bigger than it was then. I guessed the baby would be between [9 and 11 pounds]. I never expected to hear that he weighs [15.5 pounds]."
Previously, China's heaviest known newborns were three other babies born between 2008 and 2010, all of whom weighed exactly 15.4 pounds, according to the Sun.
The heaviest birth listed by Guinness World Records was that of a baby boy born in 1879 in Ohio, who weighed 23 pounds 12 ounces at birth but who died 11 hours afterward.
The Lancet defines a high birth weight as 8.8 pounds or heavier.