Thirty-eight years after being named the biggest baby ever born, Kevin Robert Clark is still making waves as one of the biggest people alive. He has some tips for a new baby girl that may walk in his shoes.
Kevin Robert Clark, a 38-year-old man from New Jersey, first made headlines in April 1983, right after his birth. His widespread popularity was mostly due to his size, which earned him the title of the biggest newborn ever delivered in the state.
At birth, he weighed 16-pounds, 6-ounces, and extended up to 25 inches tall, more than his parents bargained for. Before long, the small town of Toms River, New Jersey, was bursting with reporters eager to catch a glimpse of the giant bundle of joy.
Man who weighed over 16 pounds at birth. | Photo: youtube.com/Inside Edition
For Clark's parents, his size also meant switching out his wardrobe, as the normal-sized baby clothes just couldn't fit. Clark graced several TV shows at the time while making headlines on various news columns.
He grew up wearing several sizes higher than his age grade, becoming a spectacle in social gatherings, and often ended up as the topic of discussion. He eventually got used to the attention and learned to live a normal life.
Now 38, the legend weighs 300 pounds and stands at 6 ft 9 inches tall, often making him the tallest man in the room. Wearing a size 17 shoe, which often had to be custom made to fit, didn't make things easier.
Clark eventually discovered the perfect job for his physique, serving in the Airforce and working as a military corp.
Luckily, he found his other half, Jenner, who, by sheer luck, matches his size, albeit a few inches short. The two live in North Carolina, where they keep attracting attention as a family of "giants."
Having walked the path for almost four decades, Clark knew exactly what it felt like to be different. Hence, when Elmira Harper made headlines three years ago for weighing 15 pounds and 5 ounces at birth, the 38-year-old foresaw what the rest of her life might look like.
Gladly, he had some tips handy and did not hold back from giving her the heads-up lest she threaded the world blindly as he did. He shared:
"Be prepared because at social gatherings, and at almost every family reunion, people are going to want to talk about it. Nobody is going to believe[...]that your mom could survive that."
Harper's birth was indeed a tough one, with three doctors and a vacuum pump on hand to make the caesarian session a success.
"She's probably going to be embarrassed at some point. It's part of the territory. I'd tell her: Just be yourself and have a sense of humor."
Coming from Clark, the approach, which has paid off throughout his nearly four decades on earth, would certainly go a long way in helping baby Harper scale through the path in front of her.
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