Bouncing baby boy biggest at Mediclinic for a decade

2014-09-25 00:00

A BIG, little boy.

That’s how medical staff delivering the baby of a Pietermaritzburg couple described the 5,035 kg infant as he was lifted out of his mother’s womb.

The baby’s proud mum, Venisha Naidoo, said while they knew the babe would be big, they had not expected him to be that big.

“Everyone is in awe.”

Tristan Devon Naidoo was delivered by Dr Kesaven Dhavaraj at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg on Monday, September 15 at 11.36 pm.

Naidoo was fully awake for the Caesarean. She described her son as a healthy little boy.

“He is animated and already smiling and giggling. He’s only a week old, so he’s very advanced.”

The first-time mom was ecstatic as she spoke of her experience of motherhood.

“It’s been amazing.”

Diabetic mothers sometimes give birth to large babies, but Naidoo is not diabetic and said she had a normal pregnancy with no strange cravings.

“I just followed my doctor’s orders.”

Asked how her husband Owen, who was with her when Tristan was born, coped with watching the Caesarean, she laughed, saying, “He survived it”.

“He’s overwhelmed and over the moon for his little boy.”

Tristan was 53 cm long and his mom said he was not able to fit into some of the 0-3 months clothing they had bought for their baby.

“We had to play it by ear. He could use some of the baby clothes, but in other cases he went straight into 3-6 month clothes.”

Reshnee Beekrum of Mediclinic said Tristan was the biggest baby to be born there in 10 years.

In August, a baby boy, Seth Vere, weighing 5,18 kg and 62 cm long, was born at Netcare’s Parklands Hospital in Durban.

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