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Mother Gives Birth to 15-Pound Baby, Breaks Hospital Record


After struggling for years with infertility, a woman gave birth to a 15-pound baby girl at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York.

As Joi Buckley, from Corning, New York, held her new baby in her arms, she marveled at the face of a child that doctors told her would probably never be.

Buckley and her husband struggled for seven years to have children. Doctors told the couple they had less than a 15 percent chance of becoming pregnant.

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Without the struggle, the Buckley’s might not have ever laid eyes on the child who made them parents, a little girl they adopted years ago.

Then, in May 2016, Buckley was astonished to find out she was expecting a baby. She later gave birth to a son who weighed 11 pounds, WETM reported.

On March 12, Buckley and her husband welcomed their third child, Harper, into the family.

Harper was born weighing 15 pounds and 5 ounces, complete with a full head of hair.

“I knew she was gonna be big, but I didn’t anticipate no 15-pound baby,” Buckley told KTRK-TV.

Harper is the biggest baby to be born at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in the last 30 years. The baby spent some time in the NICU so her blood sugar and oxygen levels could be monitored before going home.

Staring at Harper’s face, Buckley can scarcely believe that she is blessed with a third child. She says Harper is a miracle.

By the sovereign hand of God, the Buckley’s are now a party of five, a number they never thought possible.

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Buckley wants to encourage other parents who are struggling with infertility not to lose hope.

“Don’t give up, cause it’s right there,” Buckley said with tears in her eyes. “It’s definitely right there ’cause my kids are total proof of that.”

Buckley said all she has ever wanted to be was a mom, and now, she is a mother times three.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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