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Weighing in at 15lb 7oz, baby George King from Cheltenham is one of the biggest born in the county

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 26, 2013

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GIANT George King is the biggest baby ever to be born in Gloucestershire – weighing in at a whopping 15lb 7oz.

The tot, from The Reddings, was almost twice the weight of an average baby when he was born naturally to 21-year-old Jade Packer at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

But because his shoulders were so big he got stuck during delivery – and stopped breathing.

Worried doctors gave him just a 10 per cent chance of survival as his terrified parents looked on.

Now, six weeks later, he is back home with proud mum Jade and dad Ryan King. And he is already 2ft 2in and having to wear baby clothes suitable for a six-month-old.

Jade and Ryan were devastated after his traumatic birth, with George unable to breathe for 20 minutes before he was resuscitated.

But the brave boy beat the odds and made a full recovery after being taken to the special baby unit at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol.

Five weeks later the couple, who met at Gloucestershire College, and their son, who now weighs 16lb 9oz, are settling into family life.

Jade, 21, was in labour for 16 hours and had gas and air and an epidural on February 11.

The 5ft 7in former student at Cheltenham's Kingsmead School admitted it had put her off having any more children.

She said: "It was a massive shock for everyone – no one had any idea he would be this big.

"During the pregnancy I was just getting bigger and bigger.

"It makes it even more special to have him home now after all he has been through."

Dad Ryan, a 6ft 2in chef at All Bar One in Montpellier, said it had been a scary situation.

The 21-year-old former Churchdown School student, who has been with Jade for three years, said: "We were told everything was normal until he popped out. It was scary because his shoulders got stuck and the staff told us he probably wouldn't survive.

"But now we are home, we are getting used to family life together. Everyone has said his size will level out and he will grow at a normal rate."We've got a lot of check-ups in the future to go through. It all comes down to his milestones - when he starts to crawl, smile and sit - but he's already holding his head up."He's such a battler - such a strong little boy. I love him more than anything and I always will."

During their ordeal the family were given support by the Bristol-based baby charity Cots for Tots, who put the couple up so they did not have to make the constant commute from Cheltenham to see poorly George.

Ryan said the charity's help was invaluable.

Assistant divisional director of midwifery and nursing at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust, Dawn Morall, confirmed George was the largest baby born to be in the county.

He is also Britain's second biggest baby; the heaviest was 15lb 8oz Guy Carr, from Cumbria, who was born in 1992.

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  • lastivka  |  December 29 2013, 6:45PM

    You did amazingly well.We did the 'Pre-birth Obstetric Massage' as on 'Easier Birth Association' on Facebook and my wife only just managed her difficult birth. We assume you did it without any APM. Bravo.

  • furbie  |  March 26 2013, 4:37PM

    aww he is just scrummy ! Ive had 3 all low birth weights compared to that 7lb, 6lb 2oz and 6lb 9oz all of which were very painful to get out, so my hat goes off to mum ! but his is gorgeous - congratulations x

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  • FreeRadical1  |  March 26 2013, 4:31PM

    15lb 7oz! I feel faint just thinking about it. Well done to Jade - but how is it that none of the hospital staff noticed that the baby was so huge? Didn't they do scans?

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  • bonzaharris1  |  March 26 2013, 4:30PM

    I expect it was news to his Mother, don't suppose for one minute she was expecting a eye watering 15lb 7oz baby !! Good news that he is doing well, after a worrying start for his parents.

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  • Matt1006  |  March 26 2013, 12:56PM

    Get that woman a cup of tea. She's earned it. Glad to read the (not so) little lad is OK after his traumatic entry into the world. Congrats to all.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  March 26 2013, 12:11PM

    he is beautiful

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  • rtruth  |  March 26 2013, 10:03AM

    Firstly, Congratulations to the parents! Secondly, How is this "NEWS" when it was in national newspapers Saturday??? Surely its more "LATE"?

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  • rtruth  |  March 26 2013, 10:02AM

    Firstly, Congratulations to the parents! Secondly, How is this "NEWS" when it was in national newspapers Saturday??? Surely its more "LATE"?

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  • rtruth  |  March 26 2013, 10:01AM

    Is this "NEWS" when it was in national press on Saturday???

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