Richard Hutchinson is officially the world’s most premature baby after he defied the odds and celebrated his first birthday!
Richard arrived 131 days premature on June 5th, 2020, weighing just over eleven oz… which instantly caught the attention of the Guinness World Records.
Due to his tiny size, he had to spend the first 7 months of his life in intensive care.
“When Rick and Beth received prenatal counseling on what to expect with a baby born so early, they were given a zero percent chance of survival by our neonatology team,” Dr. Stacy Kern, Richard’s neonatologist, said.
Despite everything stacked against him, Richard was discharged from the hospital in December and recently celebrated his first birthday, which has landed him a place in the Guinness World Records.
The previous title holder was James Elgin Gill, who was born 128 days premature back in 1987.
“It doesn’t feel real. We’re still surprised about it. But we’re happy. It’s a way we can share his story to raise awareness about premature births,” the mom said, “He is a very happy baby. Always has a smile on his adorable little face of his. His bright blue eyes and smile get me every time.”
And to make matters worse, due to COVID, Rick and Beth were unable to stay with baby Richard overnight.
They would travel over an hour each day from their home in Wisconsin to the hospital in Minneapolis to see him.
“I credit his miraculous survival to his wonderful parents who were there for him every step of the way and to the entire neonatology team at Children’s Minnesota,” Kern said in the release, “It takes a village to care for and support these babies until the time they are ready to go home.”
Although Richard was finally discharged in December, he is still using equipment from the hospital to help him get stronger.
“We are working on getting him off all of them, but it takes time,” Beth said. “He has come a long way and is doing amazing.”
We wish him a fast recovery!