The world’s most premature baby, who had no chance of survival, just celebrated his first birthday

Born five months (131 days) before the expected date, little Richard Scott William Hutchinson weighed less than 340 grams when he was born on June 5, 2020. Doctors had recommended his parents to prepare for the worst. Yet the child has just thwarted all odds by celebrating his first birthday. After naming him “the most premature baby”, the Guinness World Records So has just added a new title to the list of young Richard: the most premature baby to have survived.

The child was born in a hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, after her mother Beth Hutchinson suffered complications that prevented her from carrying her pregnancy to term and prompted delivery. He was so small that his parents could hold him in the palm of their hand, CNN reports.

0% chance of survival

“When [ses parents] Rick and Beth were given advice on what to expect with a baby born so prematurely, our neonatal team told them the odds of survival were 0%said Stacy Kern, neonatologist and Richard’s physician. I knew the first few weeks of Richard’s life would be very difficult, but I felt that if he could get past this point, he would survive. ”

Due to the Covid pandemic, Richard’s parents could not stay with him in the hospital overnight and other family members were not allowed to visit him. So Rick and Beth made the daily commute from their home in neighboring county – about an hour’s drive – to Minneapolis. “We made sure to be there to support him, Rick told Guinness World Records. I think it helped him get by because he knew he could count on us. ”

“The day Richard came out of the neonatal intensive care unit was really a very special time, remembers Dr Kern. I remember picking him up in his cradle and holding him in my arms with tears in my eyes. ” In December 2020, after more than six months in the hospital, little Richard was able to return home with his parents. “I couldn’t believe it was the same little boy who had been so sick that I was afraid he wouldn’t survive. The same little boy that held in the palm of my hand, with the skin so translucent I could see every rib and every blood vessel in his tiny body. I couldn’t help but hug him and tell him how proud I was ”, said Stacy Kern.

On June 5, little Richard therefore celebrated his first birthday, surrounded by his family. “It doesn’t seem realBeth Hutchinson said of her son’s record. We are still surprised, but we are happy. It’s a way for us to share his story to raise awareness about premature births. ”

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