Baby delivered at 21 weeks and 1 day breaks record for most premature infant to survive

A baby boy who was born in the state of Alabama at a gestational age of only 21 weeks and 1 day has earned the Guinness World Records title for being the most premature baby to survive.

Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born on July 5, weighing in at less than a single pound, according to Guinness.

Sadly, Curtis's twin sister C'Asya, who was also born at just 21 weeks and 1 day, did not survive, but died a day later.

While the journey was long, after 275 days, Curtis was finally able to go home with his mother Michelle Butler, who also has several older children.

She said that getting to bring her baby home and surprise her other kids was an experience she will remember forever.

"Being able to finally take Curtis home and surprise my older children with their younger brother is a moment I will always remember," Butler said, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "It was a difficult journey, but I am grateful for the UAB team and their constant support. They took the time to educate me and made sure I knew what was happening every step of the way. They truly cared about my son and me."

Curtis just barely edged out the previous record holder, according to Guinness.

"Amazingly, Curtis was delivered exactly one month after the previous record holder, Richard Hutchinson from Wisconsin, who was born at a gestational age of 21 weeks 2 days, or 131 days premature on 5 June 2020," Guinness said.

Most Premature Baby - Guinness World Records