New York mom gives birth to 15 lb baby - possibly sets new state record
Joy Buckley recently welcomed her third child into the world, one that may have set a record for the state of New York. Her newborn daughter has already set the record for largest baby born at Arnot Odgen Medical Center, and may be the largest baby born in the state.
Her third child, Harper, was born on March 12 at 15 lbs 5 oz, and 23.2 inches, and now officials are checking the records for the state to see if she is the biggest baby born in New York. Harper is unlikely in more than one way, as her parents struggled with having children for years.
"I’ve been wanting to be for years and I haven’t been able to,” Buckley told WETM, referring to the seven years they spent trying to have kids.
She and her husband, Norman, were told they had less than a 15 per cent chance of getting pregnant. After finding this out, they decided to adopt a daughter, but soon became pregnant with their second child.
Their second child, a boy who weighed 11 lbs at birth, was followed up by another pregnancy two years later.
"The thing I’ve always wanted to do in my life is being a mom, and finding out the first time I was overjoyed, and the second time I was like, I’m going to be a mom to three kids now," Joy said. "It was something I’ve always wanted to do."
The birth of Harper was particularly hard for Joy, as you can imagine. The process required three doctors, a C-section and a medical vacuum. "I felt like I was hit by two tractor-trailers," she told the New York Post. "It was pretty violent. She got stuck under my ribcage."
Soon after, Harper had to be sent to the NICU, where her sugar and oxygen levels were checked. She has remained there until today, but doctors are expecting her to be ready to go home soon. "We are so in awe of her," Buckley said. "We’ve been able to hold her. She’s got a pretty happy demeanor."
"It’s definitely hard, but I know that she won’t be here forever," she told WETM. "She’ll be coming home soon. She’s in good hands. I’m up moving around, and I can walk now. I’m so relieved to be done feeling that [physical] pressure."
She also made sure to give hope to other parents out there struggling with infertility, suggesting that they use them as an example. "Don’t give up because it’s right there," she said. "It’s definitely right there, because my kids are total proof of that."
On the opposite side of the scale is the recent news that the world's smallest surviving baby has recently gone home after five months in hospital care.