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Boy born in fifth month of pregnancy enters Guinness Book of Records

11:15, 11 November 2021
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A boy from the United States, who was born in the fifth month of pregnancy, entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most premature baby to survive, the Guinness World Record reports.


Michelle Butler was five months pregnant with twins while suddenly on July 5, 2020, she was admitted to the University of Alabama Hospital at the University of Birmingham with labor pains.

She gave birth to two premature babies - a boy and a girl. The girl died soon due to health complications as the boy, who was named Curtis, miraculously survived. 

To date, he is a little over a year old, but Curtis has already managed to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the first surviving child who was born prematurely in the fifth month.

"Survival at this gestational age has never happened before, so before Curtis was born his chances of survival would have been far less than 1%," Dr. Colm Travers, assistant professor at UAB's Division of Neonatology, said in a statement to Guinness World Records.

Curtis remained on mechanical ventilation for another three months; the newborn's weight was approximately 419 grams. In addition, he spent 275 days in the hospital under the round-the-clock supervision of doctors.

On April 6, he was finally discharged. The boy is still taking the necessary medications to maintain his health and is undergoing treatment.