World's Most Premature Baby Celebrates First Birthday

Jun 22, 2021

Richard Scott William Hutchinson and his parents, Rick and Beth Hutchinson, recently celebrated a milestone—Richard’s first birthday.

That may not sound like such a feat, but the circumstances surrounding baby Richard’s birth not only make this birthday a milestone, but a miracle.

Due to his mother’s medical complications, Richard was born 131 days (over four months) early, on June 5, 2020. At a gestational age of 21 weeks, 2 days, he was the most premature baby to ever survive, according to Guinness World Records. He weighed a mere 11.9 ounces and could fit in the palm of a hand.

To say that Richard’s parents were not given much hope would be an understatement. In fact, when Richard was transferred to Children’s Minnesota hospital in Minneapolis, they were told he had a 0% chance of survival.

But Richard’s parents and his medical team dedicated themselves to his care, and after a six-month hospital stay, the Hutchinsons were able to take Richard home.

Neonatologist Dr. Stacy Kern described the emotional day: “I remember picking him up out of his crib and just holding him with tears in my eyes. … I couldn’t believe this was the same little boy … the same little boy that once fit in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and vessel in his tiny body. … He taught me what it truly means to be resilient and, every time I look at him, I’m reminded how strong and amazing all these beautiful babies are!”

Beth describes Richard as, “a very happy baby. Always has a smile on the adorable little face of his. His bright blue eyes and smile get me every time.”

Pro-life groups are celebrating this child and the care that helped him endure and overcome.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life organization The Susan B. Anthony List, posted a "Happy Birthday" tweet, which said, “‘Viability’ is outdated every time you turn around.”

Richard truly is a miracle.

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