Giantess Anna Bates (Canada) (1846–88), who measured 2.27 m (7 ft 5.5 in), gave birth to a boy weighing 10.8 kg (23 lb 12 oz) (length 76 cm (30 in)) at her home in Seville, Ohio, USA on 19 January 1879,was the heaviest baby born ever, but the baby died 11 hours later.
Anna Haining Bates, born Anna Haining Swan (August 6, 1846 – August 5, 1888), was a Canadian from Mill Brook, New Annan (near present-dayTatamagouche), Colchester County, Nova Scotia, famed for her great height, believed to be 2.27 m (7′ 5½”) at the peak of her stature. Her parents were of average height and were Scottish immigrants.
At birth Anna weighed approximately 18 pounds. Anna was the third of 13 children, all of around average height. From birth she grew very quickly. On her 4th birthday she was 4 feet 6 inches (137 centimetres) tall. On her 6th birthday she was measured again, and she stood 5 feet 2 inches (157.48 centimetres) tall, an inch or two (2.5–5 cm) shorter than her mother. On her 11th birthday she measured at 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg). By her 15th birthday Anna Swan was at just over 7 feet (210 cm) tall. She would reach her full height two years later. Anna’s feet measured 131⁄2 inches (34 cm) long. Anna’s body was in proportion throughout her childhood.
Anna gave birth to two stillborn children with Martin, the first being a girl born on 19 May 1872, was the same size her mother had been at her own birth. The Bates family moved to Seville, Ohio, in June 1874 on their return from the United Kingdom. While touring in the summer of 1878, Anna was pregnant for the second time. She went into labour on January 15, 1879. Anna continued in the first stages of labour for 36 hours. Their physician, Dr. Beach, realized that the birth was not going in a normal direction and tried using forceps, but the baby’s head was too large. He called another doctor who also tried using forceps. They put a strong bandage around the baby’s neck to assist with the delivery. The baby was born on 19 January, and survived only 11 hours. He was the heaviest baby born ever recorded, at 10.8 kg, or 23.12 pounds and nearly 30 inches (71 centimeters) tall and each of his feet were six inches (152 mm) long.