'Jihad': Baby With Controversial Name Is The Heaviest Born In Germany
Elfi Yaghi, 40, gave birth to her 14th child in Berlin last Friday -- and gave him a name that's raising a few eyebrows: Jihad. The Islamic term is associated with the Muslim crusade against the west, the Daily Mail reports. More specifically, it means:
"A holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty."
The name also means "struggle," and as Jezebel points out, that's probably what the boy will face growing up with that name. (Not because of any religious connotation, Jezebel adds.) According to the Daily Mail, Yaghi has yet to explain why she chose the name.
Jihad's name isn't the only reason he's making headlines. Weighing in at 13 pounds, he's reportedly the heaviest baby ever born in Germany. And despite his massive size, his mom (who weighs 528 pounds) insisted on a vaginal birth, Dr. Wolfgang Henrich told the Local.
"We usually advise mothers carrying a child with an estimated weight of more than 4.5 kilos to opt for a caesarean section to avoid complications," he said.
Luckily, the birth was without complication, the Local reports. Giving birth to a big baby is nothing new for Yaghi -- four of Jihad's thirteen siblings were over 11 pounds at birth. That's right, she now has fourteen children, weighs over 500 pounds herself and named her son Jihad.
And, though he now holds the record for biggest baby born in Germany, he certainly isn't the heaviest newborn ever. In 1879, Ann Bates of Canada gave birth to a 23 pound, 12 ounce baby, setting (and holding) the record, ABC reports.