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13-pound, 6-ounce Boy Creates Hospital Stir

July 27, 1988

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) _ Doctors had told Amalia Lara to expect a big baby, but their 10-pound estimate wasn’t even close. Her newborn son, Isaac, tipped the scales at 13 pounds, 6 ounces.

Isaac, born Sunday, is off the chart at the state Bureau of Vital Statistics, which only goes up to 11 pounds, 1 ounce.

He’s already wearing medium-size diapers and scrunching to fit into a cradle.

″We were pretty surprised,″ Mrs. Lara said Tuesday. ″The nurses were saying to my husband ’Did you do this?‴

Mrs. Lara said she feels fine and is looking forward to taking her son home today. The newborn, 24 1/4 inches long and about the size of a 3-month-old, was a star attraction at the hospital.

″We had quite a few extra visitors wanting to see the baby,″ said Carol Harwell, a nurse on duty the night Isaac was born. ″Other nurses on break, other moms who had just had babies .... everyone wanted to see him.″

The boy is the fifth child for Apolonio Lara, 30, and his wife, 27, of Altamonte Springs. The baby was four days overdue and delivered naturally, unusual for a baby his size.

″He has to be pretty close to the world record for a vaginal delivery,″ said Dr. Jeffrey Koren, who delivered Isaac.

The 1988 Guinness Book of World Records has no such category. It says the two heaviest viable babies weighed 22 1/2 pounds at birth.

Mrs. Lara and her husband, a construction worker, have two other sons and two daughters, ages 3 to 11. Their 3-year-old son was nearly 11 pounds at birth.

The doctor noted that Isaac drank 8 ounces of formula within a few hours of birth.

″I’m glad she’s not nursing or she’d be up all night,″ Mrs. Lara’s husband said.

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