When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born five months prematurely – recognized by Guinness as the world’s most premature baby – his doctors prepared his parents for the worst.
Richard was born at the Minnesota Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after his mother, Beth Hutchinson, suffered medical complications that prompted her to give birth.
Born 131 days before his due date and weighing just 11.9 ounces, Richard was so small his parents could hold him in one palm of their hands, Guinness said.
“When [his father] Rick and Beth received prenatal counseling on what to expect with a baby born so early that our neonatal team gave them a 0% chance of survival, ”said Dr. Stacy Kern, neonatologist for Richard at Children’s Minnesota. , at Guinness World Records.
“I knew the first few weeks of Richard’s life would be very difficult, but I felt that if he could make it, he would be a survivor.”
So the parents traveled daily from their home in St Croix County, Wisconsin, to Minneapolis, according to Guinness.
“We made sure we were there to support him,” Rick told Guinness World Records. “I think it got him through this because he knew he could count on us.”
Rick and Beth Hutchinson did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
In December 2020, after spending more than six months in the hospital, Richard was able to return home with his family.
“The day Richard came out of the NICU was such a special day. I remember pulling him out of his crib and holding him with tears in my eyes,” Kern said.
“I couldn’t believe it was the same little boy who was once so sick that I feared he wouldn’t survive. The same little boy who once held in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and a ship in his tiny body, I couldn’t help but hug him and tell him how proud I was of him.
On June 5, the lucky baby was able to celebrate his first birthday surrounded by his family and their three dogs.
“It doesn’t feel real,” Beth said of Richard breaking the record. “We’re always surprised about it. But we’re happy. It’s a way to share her story to raise awareness about premature births.”