Entries in Guinness World Records (3)


California Triplets Smash Guinness Combined Weight Record

David De Lossy/Digital Vision(NEW YORK) -- When the stork visited Brittany and Jason Deen in Sacramento, Calif., it delivered not one, but three bundles of joys -- and a world record.

Sidney, Elliot and Jenson Deen weighed over 20 pounds combined at birth on Nov. 8, breaking last year’s Guinness Book of World Records for triplets total weight set at 18 pounds and 11 ounces in Raleigh, N.C.

“Their [Brittany and Jason] pregnancy is completely spontaneous.  Brittany conceived the three boys without use of any fertility treatment.  The chances of such an occurrence are one in 8,000,” Dr. William M. Gilbert at Sutter Medical Center, where Brittany delivered her boys, told ABC News.

Brittany insisted on carrying full-term and was delivered at 37 weeks by C-section.

“We usually deliver women with multiple pregnancies at 35 or 36 weeks because we are afraid of post-partum hemorrhaging which might happen after 36 weeks… That was our main worry with Brittany,” he said.

Sidney weighed in at 7.8 pounds, Elliott at 7.3 pounds and Jenson at 5.5 pounds.  Brittany, who gained 85 pounds during pregnancy and has already lost 50, had to follow a regimen that would sustain her while nurturing three fetuses.

“There was no cap for how much I would eat.  I ate like a hobbit… I would eat a meal every other hour… My diet was high in calories, high in fat, high in protein, high in dairy… On one day I would eat proteins that amounted to a dozen eggs,” Brittany told ABC News.

Sidney is still in the hospital under observation and is expected to be released early next week.  

“Infants are not discharged until we make sure that their eating and temperature are maintained.  We want to make sure Sidney is doing well on both,” said Gilbert, who is also the medical director of Sutter Moms of Multiples.  MOMs is a Sutter Medical Center care facility that provides comprehensive support to mothers expecting multiple babies.

Brittany, an oncology nurse at UC Davis Medical Center, joined MOMs as soon as she heard she was pregnant.  At MOMs, she was mentored on how to follow a diet to nourish her and the fetuses.  She attended weekly classes and appointments to learn about both the physical and psychological effects of such a pregnancy.

“At MOMs they taught us all the nuts and bolts of what it takes to have and raise multiple babies for the first two years,” said Brittany.  “There’s no way we could have gotten that far without the staff at MOMs.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


100-Year-Old Breaks Guinness World Marathon Record

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Indian-born Brit Fauja Singh, 100, set a Guinness World Record Sunday when he became the oldest person to ever run a marathon.

In Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Singh, nicknamed the Turban Tornado, finished in just more than eight hours — some six hours after the race’s winner, Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara, according to CBC News in Toronto, Canada.

Singh only speaks Punjabi so his coach and translator, Harmander Singh, told CBC News, “He’s overjoyed. Earlier, just before we came around the [final] corner, he said, ‘Achieving this will be like getting married again.’”

Singh started running 20 years ago at the tender age of 89, after the death of his wife and child. Since then, he has run eight marathons, including Sunday’s. He’s broken records for various distances in the 90-plus and now 100-plus categories and carried the torch during the torch relay for the 2004 Athens Games.

When asked if it might be medically inadvisable to run a marathon at such an age, Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, replied: “Nothing you want to do is ‘medically dangerous’ at 100! Waking up and still being here at 100 is medically dangerous....So since you’ve beaten the odds, I say carpe diem!”

Though CBC News reported that Singh seemed weak following the race, he quickly revived and spoke to the media.

“He said he achieved this through the help of God, but even God must be getting fed up with helping him,” Harmander Singh translated.

At 5 feet 8 and 115 pounds, Singh credits his health with regular exercise, no alcohol or smoking and a vegetarian diet rich in curries and tea.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


World Record for Biggest Tonsils Set By Kansas Man

File photo. Comstock/Thinkstock(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- Justin Werner added a new honor to his resume: Guinness World Record holder for biggest tonsils. In fact, he really did add it to his list of credentials.

"I put it on my resume before I applied to my last job," said Werner, 21, of Topeka, Kan. "What can I say -- it's a good conversation starter. I got the job."

Sore throats, snoring, breathing and sleep problems plagued Werner since he was a kid, but he often shrugged them off. It was only after a dental hygienist commented on his large tonsils that he began to consider a tonsillectomy.

"It got to the point where every time I swallowed I was uncomfortable," the record holder said.

When doctors finally removed them, his larger tonsil clocked in at 2.1 inches long and 1.1 inches wide, thoroughly beating the competition.

"I ended up crushing" the record, said Werner, who beat out the previous record holder, Justin Dodge of Milwaukee, Wis., by about 0.8 inches. "I wanted to keep them, but I guess rules these days don't allow it."

Still, he has proof of his tonsils' exceptional size. Last week, Werner received official papers from Guinness World Records that granted him the prestigious title as having the biggest tonsils ever recorded in the world.

"It's fairly common that we take out very enlarged tonsils, but Justin's were the biggest that I had ever removed," said Dr. Tyler Grindal, an otolaryngologist who performed Werner's surgery. "Prior to surgery, we knew they were very enlarged, but it wasn't until he was under anesthesia that I could really appreciate just how big they were."

Tonsils are composed of tissue and they're similar to lymph nodes or glands found in the neck. When enlarged, they can cause breathing problems, sleep apnea and pain.

The condition is considered chronic if a person suffers three episodes of tonsillitis every year for three years, or seven episodes in one year.

As for Werner, he said quality of life improved right away.

"The change was immediate," he said. "I can breathe and sleep so much better."

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