The inspiring story of Curtis Means, a young boy who defied all odds and made history as the world's most premature baby to survive, has captured the hearts of many.
Curtis and his family celebrated his first Thanksgiving at home, marking a significant milestone in their journey.
Born in Alabama on July 5, 2020, Curtis was delivered just 21 weeks into his mother's pregnancy, weighing a mere 15 ounces. His twin sister, Kaisha, tragically passed away one day after birth, but Curtis continued to fight for his life.
The miracle baby's resilience earned him a place in the Guinness World Records as the world's most premature infant to survive.
The battle for survival was a challenging one, with Curtis receiving round-the-clock care at the regional NICU unit of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Women and Infant Center.
His mother, Michelle Butler, recalls fervently praying for one of her twins to overcome the daunting obstacles they faced due to their premature birth.
My prayers have been answered. I gave God my little girl and he let me continue to be the mother to Curtis.
He showed a lot of response to the things we were doing
said Dr. Brian Sims, professor of Pediatrics at the UAB Division of Neonatology and the attending physician on call when Butler arrived.
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