Given 0% chance to live, Baby Richard celebrates 1st birthday, earns world record

He was born in Minneapolis and spent his first 6 months in the NICU at Children's Minnesota.
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A baby born in Minneapolis who was given a 0% chance of surviving has just celebrated his first birthday, defying all the odds. 

Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born on June 5, 2020, at 21 weeks and two days, making him 131 days premature (his due date was Oct. 13, 2020). And as he celebrated his first birthday earlier this month, he earned the Guinness World Record for the world's most premature baby to survive. 

Baby Richard, who is from Somerset, Wisconsin, was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis weighing 11.9 ounces and measuring about 10 inches long. He spent the next six months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Minnesota in Minneapolis, where the neonatology team gave Richard a 0% chance of survival, Guinness World Records says

Richard went home from the hospital in December 2020, and celebrated his first birthday on June 5. 

The previous record for the world's most premature baby was held by James Elgin Gill of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He was both at 21 weeks and 5 days (128 days premature) on May 20, 1987, Guinness says. 

"It doesn’t feel real," Beth Hutchinson, Richard's mom, told Guinness when asked how it feels to have broken such a long-unchallenged record. "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 Hutchinsons' advice for parents of premature babies is to never give up and advocate for your children, and be nosey because you deserve to know what's going on. 

And they told WCCO they're hoping to start a nonprofit for families and preemie parents to give them hope, as well as to take Richard around the NICU at Children's Minnesota to show parents what hope looks like — once the COVID-19 pandemic is over. 

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