Curtis Zy-Keith Means, born at 21 weeks, one day, weighing less than a pound at birth, was recently named ‘most premature baby ever to survive’ by the Guinness Book of World Records.
In July 2020, Michelle “Chelly” Butler was expecting twins and thought her pregnancy was going according to plan. On 4th July everything changed and she went into premature labour. C’asya sadly died after just one day. But Curtis somehow managed to survive.
Neonatologist Dr. Brian Sims, who cared for Curtis said: “He was giving us a lot of positive feedback that… he wanted to survive. I’ve been doing this almost 20 years… but I’ve never seen a baby this young be as strong as he was… There was something special about Curtis.”
Curtis celebrated his first birthday on 5th July 2021, although 11th November 2021 should have been around the date that marked his first birthday!
He’s no longer receiving specialised care and is doing just great. Mum Michelle says: “I’m very proud of him because where he came from and where he’s at now, I can tell the difference. Having this record is a blessing that he has accomplished and I’m thankful that [Guinness World Records] accepted him.”
Meet Curtis and hear his mum tell their story here