Prematurely-born baby alive and doing well 9 months after given 0% chance to live

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Apr 17th, 2021 1:26 pm
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Last Updated Apr 18th, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Richard Hutchinson, who was born at 21 weeks, initially weighing less than a pound, and given a 0% chance to live, is still alive, measuring 24 inches long, and 13 pounds, nine months later.

"I am proud of him. I don't think I could have gone through what he went through," said Rick, Richard's father. "When he was born he could fit in my hand, and now look at him."

"To watch Richard grow and watch him develop into this happy little amazing person, there's just no feeling like it."

Children's Minnesota neonatologist Dr. Stacy Kern said she and her team had originally delivered the news to the boy's parents, Beth and Rick Hutchinson.

"We know that babies born at 21 weeks usually have a poor prognosis, so actually the family was given a 0% chance for baby Richard," Kern said. "Richard just surpassed everyone's expectations again and again, and we have all learned a ton from taking care of this baby."

Rick said he and his family "always had that fear" that Rick wouldn't survive, "but deep down [they] knew that [Richard] was going to keep going, he was going to surprise everybody."

Beth said Richard is "definitely a miracle."


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