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An expatriate living in Spain has given birth to the biggest baby ever to be born naturally in the country.
The new arrival weighed in at 13lbs 11oz (6.2 kilograms) – twice the size of an average newborn – and is the daughter of Maxine Marin and her Colombian partner.
She was born without any complications at the Hospital Marina Salud in Denia, Alicante and Ms Marin did not even have an epidural.
The mother is said to have known that the baby was going to be big, but was still surprised by the proportions of her new child to be called Maria Lorena.
Dr Javier Rius, the head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at the hospital, said: "In my 40-year professional career I have never known of any case of a birth with this weight by natural childbirth.
"We are all very satisfied with the work which we carried out."
It is unusual for such large babies to be born this way, as many come into the world via a caesarean section.
Ms Marin is no stranger to birthing large offspring as her three other children have all weighed at least 9lbs 14oz (4.5 kilograms) when being born, reports the AFP news agency.
In 2005 a baby was born in Brazil weighing a whopping 17lb 10oz (eight kilograms), but was delivered by caesarean section.
The second biggest baby in the UK, George King (not to be confused with Prince George) was born in March this year, weighing in at 15lb 7oz (seven kilograms).
Many expats who decide to stay in their adopted country to have their children find that it is a wonderful way to get to know the culture better and integrate with other new mothers.
If you are preparing to give birth in a foreign country, then read our guide to having a baby abroad here.
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