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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fattest Baby Keeps Altai Mother Busy

ReutersNadya Khalina lying in a baby carriage with her mother, left, and father, right, and her siblings in their home in Aleisk.
ALEISK, Altai Region -- Looking after possibly the world's fattest baby is not easy -- especially when you live in a cramped apartment in eastern Siberia and have 11 other children to care for.

Tatyana Khalina gave birth on Sept. 17 to Nadya, who weighed 7.75 kilograms at birth. A month later, Nadya was finally able to go home from the hospital to the family's three-bedroom apartment in Aleisk, a town in the Altai region.

"We aren't planning any more kids," Khalina said as she cradled Nadya in her apartment. "From now on we are hoping only for grandchildren."

Behind her, the floral wallpaper peeled at the corners, baby clothes hung on a line slung across the room and a lace curtain covered the window.

The air was thick with the shouts and laughter of Khalina's children playing in the apartment -- she now has nine daughters and three sons. The oldest is 12 years old.

Khalina's husband is Viktor, a driver in the army.

"For the kids I receive 3,500 rubles [$140] a month, and Viktor's salary is 10,000 rubles," she said. "That's only enough for food."

That works out to a monthly income of around $545 for the family of 14.

The family eats four loaves of bread and six liters of borshch every day, as well as vegetables. Meat is served on holidays.

"Clothes, toys, shoes are all brought by our neighbors. We just have old clothes," Khalina said.

Khalina placed Nadya gently back in an old baby carriage. It is also her cot.

Nadya has lost a bit of weight, and the doctors say she could have heart problems, Khalina said. But on a recent day her daughter smiled gently when one of her sisters kissed her on the forehead and rocked her in her arms.

In the kitchen, Viktor Khalin played with the other children.


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Tatyana Khalina holding Nadya on Friday as her other children play nearby.
"I promised my father that we would have an entire football team," he said, grinning. "But we never got there as we mostly had girls, so we've ended up with a volleyball team instead."

Buying a minivan for family trips to the countryside is Khalina's dream.

"We also want to get Nadya into the Guinness World Records, but we don't know how to get in touch with the record keepers," Khalina said.

Simply apply via the Internet or write a letter, a Guinness World Records representative said.

The heaviest baby ever born weighed 10.8 kilograms in the United States in 1879 but died within 11 days. The latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records notes a Brazilian baby born this year weighed 7.57 kilograms. Nadya was heavier.

"If there is such an outstanding claim we encourage the family to apply," the Guinness representative said.

A certificate from Guinness could soon be hanging on wall of the family's cluttered, cramped and youthful apartment.