BABY BORN AT 21 WEEKS AND SURVIVES
A resilient baby who was born at 21 weeks has defied a zero percent chance to live.
BABY BORN AT 21 WEEKS AND SURVIVES FOR 7 MONTHS SO FAR
Beating the unimaginable odds, the now-7-month-old is one of the youngest babies in the world to survive.
Elizabeth and her husband, Rick Hutchinson, who hail from Somerset in Wisconsin, were elated to find out that they were pregnant in February 2020 after the couple had struggled to conceive.
However in June, as the expectant mom experienced some discomfort, doctors found that Elizabeth was already 3 centimeters dilated. On June 5, 2020, at 21 weeks and 2 days, baby Richard was born weighing less than a pound (approx. 454 g).
“When I first saw Richard I was very nervous and scared,” Rick told The Epoch Times via email. “I was not sure if he was going to make it, yet I was amazed how small and fragile he was.”
With no access to neonatal programs near the Hutchinsons’ family house, Richard was transferred to The Mother Baby Center, a partnership between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, to a Level IV neonatal program.
However, doctors at the Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis weren’t sure if Richard, who could fit into the size of a palm, would make it.
Despite the odds, Rick and his wife, who are pro-life believers, wanted to give their newborn a fighting chance.
“[We] feel that every child deserves a chance, even though people were telling us he was too young to make it,” Rick said. “God was watching over [Richard].”
However, what unfolded after Richard’s birth put the parents on an “emotional rollercoaster.”
At birth, instead of developed lungs, Richard had tiny air sacs. In order to sustain himself, the little boy needed IV fluid, a breathing tube, as well as blood pressure support as oxygen had stopped flowing to his head, Good Morning America reported.