14-Pound Baby Girl Born at Massachusetts General Hospital

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 05:34 PM

By Ken Mandel

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A 14-pound baby arrived at a Boston hospital earlier this week, the largest infant delivered at Massachusetts General Hospital in more than a decade.

Even the girl's mother, Caroline Ruscak, couldn't believe her second daughter's size.

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"I heard the weight, and I was like, 'Oh my God,'" Ruscak told WCVB. "It validated me, because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant. So to hear the size, it made sense."

Caroline and husband Bryan Ruscak are also the parents of Claudia, who checked in at 10 pounds when she was born two years ago.

Bryan told WCVB that the family's large genes are the reason for his kids' girth.

"That's what we like: long and big. That's what I am," Bryan said. "Big and beautiful: Claudia and Carisa. I'll be in trouble in a few years, but that's OK. I feel very lucky," Bryan said.

Though 14 1/2 pounds is impressive, Carisa's not as big as the 16 pound, 1.7-ounce Sammisano Otuhiva, who was born Aug. 23, 2013, in San Francisco.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby born to a healthy mother was a son weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces, to Carmelina Fedele in Aversa, Italy, in September 1955.

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