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Woman Gives Birth to 12-Pound Baby

August 1, 2003

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) _ A 37-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy weighing 12 pounds 5 ounces.

Matthew Joseph Potyak was born by Caesarean section at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday in Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, 50 miles south of Albany.

``When his head came out, the one doctor said, ’Oh my God, he’s enormous,‴ his mother, Jane McSpirit, told the Kingston Daily Freeman in Thursday editions. ``Then his hand came out, and they said, ‘Look how big his hand is.’ I thought he was going to jump out all by himself.″

Most newborns weigh between 7 and 9 pounds, and don’t reach Matthew’s birth weight until they are between 5 and 10 weeks old, said hospital spokeswoman Lucy Brandenburg.

Matthew has one older sister. McSpirit’s 3-year-old daughter Samantha weighed 10 pounds 6 ounces at birth.

McSpirit and Joseph Potyak said they don’t plan to have any more children.

In October 2001, then-28-year-old Amy Volke-Baldwin, of Batavia, gave birth to a baby girl weighing 14 pounds 3 ounces at Strong Memorial Hospital. She had suffered from diabetes during her pregnancy.

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