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Baby born at 21 weeks now enters into Guinness World Records

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  • Curtis Means weighed just 0.41 kilogrammes at the time of birth.
  • He stayed on a ventilator for more than three months.

A baby boy born at just 21 weeks has entered into the Guinness World Records as he youngest premature baby to survive.

Curtis Means from the U.S State of Alabama is now just a little over one year old.

His mother Michelle Butler was five months pregnant with twins when she was rushed into the emergency room of University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, on July 5, 2020.

The twins were a boy and girl. They were her born four months ahead of their due date, with Curtis surviving miraculously. “Survival at this gestational age has never happened before,” Dr. Colm Travers, assistant professor at UAB’s Division of Neonatology is quoted as saying. “So before Curtis was born his chances of survival would have been far less than 1%.”

Yesterday, Curtis was given the title of the “world’s most premature baby to survive.” His mother was due on November 11, which, notes CNN, coincides with Prematurity Awareness Month.

Guinness World Records

A full-term pregnancy is about 40 weeks, The hospital said Curtis weighed just 420 grammes, “which is similar in weight to a soccer ball.”

Curtis Means Guinness World Records
MIRACLE BABY: The baby’s twin died soon after birth. But Curtis sprinted right into the history books. PHOTO/COURTESY

He was put on a ventilator for three months soon after birth, and for 275 days thereafter.

“Numbers show that babies born so young have little to no chance of survival,” Dr. Brian Sims, the attending physician for the delivery told CNN. “We typically advise for compassionate care in situations of such extremely preterm birth.”


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