Whoa, baby! Texas mom delivers 16-pound newborn

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM

LONGVIEW, Texas -  A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like this: 16 pounds, 1 ounces.

Janet Johnson on Monday remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word from the state to see whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in Texas history.

JaMichael was born Friday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview. Johnson has gestational diabetes, which results in bigger newborns for many mothers. Yet doctors had estimated JaMichael would be around 12 pounds prior to the cesarean birth.

Johnson says the attention surrounding her fourth child has been overwhelming. She hopes to take JaMichael home this week -- and return his newborn clothes that won't fit.

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