Recordman baby: Born at 21 weeks weighing 420 grams and lived – Entered the Guinness Book of Records
A boy in the US who was born at 21 weeks and one day and weighed less than a kilo has been certified as the most premature baby in the world that has survived. Curtis Mins was born in Birmingham, Alabama last year and weighed just 420 grams.
The World Guinness record confirmed that the little one, who is now 16 months old, now holds the new record. A full pregnancy is usually 40 weeks, making Curtis almost 19 weeks premature.
His mother, Michelle Butler, entered the delivery process and rushed to the hospital on July 4, 2020, as Independence Day fireworks filled the night sky.
She gave birth to twins, Curtis and Cassava at noon the next day. Kasva died a day later.
The little one had less than 1% to survive
Curtis remained in the intensive care unit with less than a 1% chance of survival. He was released from the snorkel after three months and was discharged in April after 275 days in hospital.
Doctors had to help him learn how to breathe and use his mouth to eat.
Ms Butler, from Eutaw County, Alabama, said: “Being able to finally take Curtis home and surprise my older children with their younger brother is a moment I will remember forever.”
Curtis – who has three older brothers – still needs supplemental oxygen and a feeding tube, but doctors say he is in good health.
Dr. “I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years, but I’ve never seen a baby as small as Curtis be,” Brian Sims, a neonatologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who oversaw the birth, told Guinness World Records.
Curtis broke the previous record by 24 hours, held by a baby (Richard Hutchinson) from Wisconsin, who was born just a month earlier at 21 weeks and two days.
Before Richard, the record had not been broken for 34 years, having previously been held by a baby boy born in Ottawa, Canada, at 21 weeks and five days old.