A California mother gave birth to a record-breaking 15-pound baby by emergency cesarean section on Jan. 16.
Andrew Jacob Cervantez was 2 feet long and 15 pounds, 2 ounces, when he was born to 28-year-old Vanessa Cervantez at Desert Valley Hospital in California’s San Bernardino County, according to The Huffington Post.
The newborn baby is thought to be the largest ever born in the state and is bigger than last year’s largest, a Utah baby who weighed 14 pounds, USA Today notes.
“I couldn’t even believe it,” Cervantez told the Victor Valley Daily Press. “They had to double check because I didn’t believe them; I thought the machine was broken.”
The heaviest baby ever was born in 1879 to mother Anna Bates, whose infant weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces at birth, according to the Guinness World Records. The child unfortunately died 11 hours later.
Cervantez had already given birth to two children, who were also heavy at birth: her first son weighed in at 10 pounds, 10 ounces, and her daughter was 9 pounds, 14 ounces.
“None of the doctors have ever delivered or heard of a baby being born that big here,” Cervantez, who is married to Daniel Cervantez, 29, told the Daily Press.
“My sister's been doing research and she doesn't think a baby weighing 15 pounds has ever been born in California,” the mother adds.
Cervantez was 38 weeks along at the baby’s birth when she went in for a routine test on Thursday. Doctors noticed that fetal movement had decreased, so they decided to perform a C-section immediately.
Andrew Jacob is at the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital.
“He’s having trouble breathing on his own,” Cervantez said. "That’s what they’re monitoring him for right now.”