The world’s earliest baby celebrated its first birthday with a 0% chance of survival

People love stories in which a hero is faced with huge obstacles, goes against the odds and wins. So, we could say that Richard Scott William Hutchinson, who celebrated his first birthday on June 5, is the ultimate little but strong and brave hero who claimed and won.

When Richard’s mother, Beth, was forced to give birth prematurely, the baby needed to stay in his mother’s womb for another 131 days. Weighing just 337 grams and 26 cm long, at the time of his birth, Richard was just 21 weeks and two days old.

After the tiny infant was sent for treatment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (MENN) of the Children’s Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, his parents were informed that he had a 0% chance of survival. But Richard tried to prove that the doctors were wrong – and he did it.

The icing on this miracle baby’s first birthday cake? The fact that the Guinness World Records (GWR) officially declared him “the earliest surviving baby”. But the truth is that the road to Richard’s landmark birthday was not easy.

Photo: Guinness World Records

Restrictions on the coronavirus pandemic prevented his parents from staying in the hospital with him, so every day, Beth and Richard’s father, Rick, came and went from the family home in St. Louis. Croix County, Wisconsin to Minneapolis to visit their newborn son.

“We wanted to make sure we were there to support him,” Rick told Guinness World Records. “I think that helped him get over it, because he knew he could count on us.”

“Rick and Beth fought for Richard day by day and never stopped defending their baby in all of this,” said neonatologist Dr. Stacy Kern at GWR. “Their strength and ability to remain positive and optimistic even in the most stressful and difficult times was admirable.”

Six months later, Richard was finally ready to return home. “I could not believe this was the same little boy who was once so ill that I was afraid he might not survive,” said Dr Kern.

“The same little boy that once fit in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and vessel in his tiny body. “I could only squeeze him and tell him how proud I was of him.”


Main photo: Guinness World Records

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