World's most premature baby, who had 0 per cent chance of survival, celebrates first birthday

  • 03 Jul - 09 Jul, 2021
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Little Richard Hutchinson has defied the odds as the world's most premature baby to ever survive – and last month, he celebrated a major milestone with his first birthday. Richard was born on June 5, 2020, coming into the world 131 days premature and weighing just 11.9 oz., according to a Guinness World Records press release. His tiny size – parents Beth and Rick Hutchinson could hold their new son in the palm of just one of their hands – meant that he had to spend his first seven months of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis. Despite the difficult odds, Richard was ultimately discharged from the hospital in December, and recently celebrated his first birthday, gaining official recognition from Guinness as the most premature baby to survive. As if Richard's health woes weren't hard enough, the situation was made even more difficult by covid, as Rick and Beth were unable to stay with their son overnight in the hospital. Still, they trekked over an hour each day from their home in St. Croix County, Wisconsin to Minneapolis to be with Richard as he grew stronger and healthier. Richard was eventually discharged from the hospital in December, though he was still on oxygen, a pulse oximeter machine and a pump for his feeding tube.