14-pound baby largest in more than a decade at Mass General

  • Baby Carisa Ruscak with her parents, Caroline and Bryan. (Image courtesy of Massachusetts General Hospital)

A 14-pound baby was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Tuesday – making her the largest infant delivered at the facility in more than 10 years, WCVB reported.

Weighing in at 14 and a half pounds at birth, baby Carisa Ruscak surprised even her parents with her size.

“I heard the weight, and I was like, ‘Oh my God,’” Carisa’s mother, Caroline Ruscak told WCVB. “It validated me, because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant. So to hear the size, it made sense.”

Caroline and her husband, Bryan Ruscak, of Burlington, Massachusetts, are also parents to a 2-year-old, Claudia, who weighed 10 pounds at birth.

“We expected her to have a big baby. Her first baby was 10 and a half pounds, so we weren’t surprised,” Dr. Jennifer Kickham, who delivered the baby via Caesarean section, told WCVB. “We were expecting a big baby, but we weren’t expecting one quite that big.”

Bryan said the family’s genes may be to blame for his children’s size.

“That’s what we like: long and big. That’s what I am,” Bryan said.

The father of two is excited about his growing family.

“Big and beautiful: Claudia and Carisa. I’ll be in trouble in a few years, but that’s okay. I feel very lucky,” Bryan said.