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8.7kg baby Akbar draws crowd

INDONESIA'S heaviest-ever newborn drew curious crowds yesterday to an Indonesian hospital where the boy named Akbar -- or the Great in Arabic -- came into the world at a record 8.7 kilograms.

Akbar Risuddin was born to a diabetic mother in a 40-minute cesarean delivery that was complicated because of his unusual size, said Dr Binsar Sitanggang.

"I'm very happy that my baby and his mother are in good health," father Muhammad Hasanuddin said. "I hope I can afford to feed the baby enough, because he needs more milk than other babies."

Crowds pushed to get a peek of the extraordinary Indonesian boy, who measured nearly 62 centimeters when he was born on Monday, at the Abdul Manan hospital on the island of Sumatra.

"This is fantastic," said Dewi Miranti, a mother from a nearby village as she peered through a window with around a hundred others. "This is the biggest baby I have ever seen. He looks very well and is cute."

The baby's extreme weight was the result of excessive glucose from his mother during pregnancy, Sitanggang said. "He is greedy and has a strong appetite, nursing almost nonstop," the doctor said.

The boy was the third child of Hasanuddin, 50, and mother Ani, 41. His two "little" brothers weighed 5.3kg and 4.5kg at birth.

The former Indonesian record holder was a 6.7kg baby boy born on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, in 2007.

Guinness World Records cites the heaviest baby as being born in the United States in 1879, weighing 10.4kg. However, it died 11 hours after birth.


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