A New York mother delivered a behemoth 15-pound baby last week. Joy Buckley shared the photo of her daughter, Harper, on Facebook with an announcement on March 12. Buckley said the delivery required three doctors, a vacuum, and a c-section to remove the baby from her uterus.
Joy Buckley told WETM that she struggled with infertility for years. After seven years of trying to conceive, doctors said to her that she had a less than 15% chance of getting pregnant.
When the couple received the news, they decided to adopt a baby. Then out of the blue, she became pregnant on her own. In May 2016, Joy delivered an 11-pound baby boy.
With one miracle child in tow, Joy was shocked when she got pregnant again in 2018. She was thrilled with the news and prepared to be a mother of three children.
As her pregnancy reached its end, she knew that the baby was going to big. However, she had no idea the baby would be fifteen pounds. Joy delivered a baby girl on March 12 after a painful delivery.
In an interview with the New York Post, she said that doctors had a difficult time removing the baby from her uterus. Three doctors used a vacuum and performed a c-section to deliver the baby. Harper’s weight at birth was 15 pounds 5 ounces, and she was 23.5 inches long. After her birth, the baby struggled with breathing and maintaining her blood sugar.
Doctors transferred her to a neo-natal intensive care unit. She was placed on supplemental oxygen to help her breathe. Since her birth, Harper has remained in the NICU. However, doctors expect that she will be released from the hospital soon.
At birth, the baby is twice the size of the average weight of a newborn of 6 pounds. According to hospital records, she is the largest baby born in at least 30 years. Officials from the New York Department of Health are working to determine if she is the largest baby born in state history.
Birthing a baby that large is physically taxing on the mother. Joy said that immediately after the birth she felt like she had been hit by a two tractor trailer. Apparently, the delivery was violent, and Harper became lodged underneath her rib cage.
More than a week out from the birth, Joy says she is recovering well. She and her husband, Norman, are eagerly waiting to bring home Harper so she can meet her two older brothers.
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