“Being able to finally take Curtis home and surprise my older children with their younger brother is a moment I will always remember."
- mother Michelle Butler of rural Eutaw, Alabama
Instead, Curtis grew stronger and stronger and was discharged after 275 days in the hospital. He needed help from therapists to begin using his mouth and eating.
“Being able to finally take Curtis home and surprise my older children with their younger brother is a moment I will always remember,” mother Michelle Butler of rural Eutaw, Alabama, said in a statement.
A fetus is considered full term at 40 weeks, but Butler went into labor after carrying twins just over half that time. She was transferred to UAB Hospital, which has a regional neonatal intensive care unit, where she gave birth to Curtis and C’Asya.
C'Asya died a day later, but Curtis was able to come off a ventilator after three months. Following months of round-the-clock care, he went home in April.
“We do not know what all the future will hold for Curtis since there is no one else like him," Sims said. "He started writing his own story the day he was born. That story will be read and studied by many and, hopefully, will help improve care of premature infants around the world.”
Guinness said Curtis beat by a day the previous record, which held for only a month. Richard Hutchinson of Wisconsin was born at a gestational age of 21 weeks, 2 days in June 2020.