Born after 21 weeks of pregnancy, or 5 months, Curtis is the most premature baby in the world and thus entered the Guinness World Records this month.
On July 5, 2020 at around 1 p.m., her mother, Michelle Butler, gave birth well before the 39 weeks or 9 months, or between 270 and 280 days, explains the famous record book.
At 23 weeks gestation, the baby has a survival rate of between 10% and 30%. Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born after 21 weeks and 1 day and still survived.
His twin sister did not survive
On July 4, 2020, her mother, residing in Alabama, had to be rushed to hospital for surgery. Quickly transferred from her local hospital to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), renowned for having one of the country’s leading neonatal and pediatric departments. If Curtis, very premature, responded well to treatment, his twin sister, C’Asya Means, less developed than him, unfortunately died the day after his birth.
The vast majority of premature babies born so prematurely usually have very little chance of survival. The Guinness World Records therefore recognized that Curtis’ case was all the more exceptional.
Previously, it was Richard Hutchinson, born June 5, 2020 in Wisconsin, who held the record with a gestational age of 21 weeks and 2 days, or 131 days prematurely.