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Seventeen Pound Russian Baby Photographs

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this circulating message, the accompanying photographs show newborn Nadia, a baby born in Russia that weighed in at a whopping 17 pound, 1 ounce (7.75 kg). A number of site visitors have contacted me to ask if the photographs are genuine. Some have suggested that the images may have been manipulated to make the baby seem bigger than she really is.

However, the photographs are genuine and the description is accurate. Baby Nadia was born at the maternity hospital in the Altai region of Siberia on 17 September 2007. As the message states, Nadia weighed 17 pounds, 1 ounce at birth. Mother Tatyana Barabanova, who has eleven other children, noted that all her babies have weighed over 11 pounds (5 kg) at birth. 
Kidshealth.org notes that most full-term newborns weigh between 6 pounds, 2 ounces (2.8 kg) and 9 pounds, 2 ounces (4.1 kg). However, newborns of Nadia’s weight and even heavier are certainly not unprecedented.

According to the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records, the heaviest newborn ever recorded was a baby born in 1879 that weighed 23 pounds 12 ounces (10.8 kg). He lived for only a few hours. The heaviest newborn to survive was a boy born in Italy in 1955 that weighed 22 pounds 8 ounces (10.2kg).

Example:

Subject: FW: 17 Pound 1 Ounce Baby….Ouch

BARNAUL, Russia – A Siberian woman who gave birth to her 12th child – doing more than her fair share to stem Russia’s population decline – was stunned to find that little Nadia weighed in at a massive 17 pounds, 1 ounce.

Nadia was delivered by Caesarean section in the local maternity hospital in the Altai region on September 17, joining eight sisters and three brothers, a local reporter said.

“We were all simply in shock,” said Nadia’s mother, Tatyana Barabanova, 43. “What did the father say? He couldn’t say a thing – he just stood there blinking.”

Russian Baby 1

Russian Baby 2

Russian Baby 3



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer