A boy from Alabama, United States, who weighed less than a pound at birth at 21 weeks and one day has been certified by the Guinness Record as the world’s most premature baby to survive.
Guinness World Records and the UAB Hospital announced this Wednesday that Curtis means, who weighed just 420 grams at birth, set the new record.
The little boy, who was born at 132 days premature on July 5, 2020 with a twin brother who did not survive, is now healthy and 16 months old.
Attending physician Brian Sims said statistics show children born this young have virtually no chance of survival, but Curtis beat the odds.
“We generally recommend compassionate care in extremely premature birth situations. This allows parents to hold their babies and appreciate how little time they can have together, ”Sims said in a statement from the University of Alabama.
Instead, Curtis grew stronger and stronger and was discharged after 275 days in the hospital, enough time to enter therapy.
“He started writing his own story the day he was born. That story will be read and studied by many and hopefully help improve the care of premature babies around the world, ”said mother Michelle Butler.
Guinness said Curtis broke the previous record, which stood for just one month, by one day. Richard Hutchinson, from Wisconsin, was born at 21 weeks 2 days in June 2020.