Baby Thrives After Being Given 0% Chance At Life

Baby Richard was born weighing less than one pound. But thanks to the team at Children's Minnesota, he has a triumphant story to tell, reports Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield (2:53). WCCO 4 News - April 14, 2021

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- Well, imagine a baby born so small, when he was born it wasn't clear if he'd make it.

- But thanks to the team at Children's Minnesota, baby Richard, who was born weighing less than 1 pound, has a triumphant story to tell. Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield shares of Hudson Wisconsin family's journey for a brighter future.

- How are you doing? We had both hoped our first would be a boy.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: After a long journey, Rick and Beth finally got the news they were hoping for, Beth was pregnant. For the first few months, it was smooth sailing. And then--

BETH HUTCHINSON: I just couldn't get comfortable. I couldn't sleep. I knew something was up. So I went to my doctor and he's like, nope, you're-- you're going into labor. And, at that time, I wasn't even 21 weeks yet. I was like, wait, he can't come yet. Like, I just hit the halfway point of my pregnancy.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: And the situation was grim. Children's Minnesota neonatologist, Dr. Stacey Kern, and her team delivered the news.

STACY KERN: We know that babies born at 21 weeks usually have a very poor prognosis. And so actually, the family was given a 0% chance of survival for baby Richard.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: But the Hutchinsons were 100% determined.

BETH HUTCHINSON: We always had that thought in the back of our head, you know, of the worst outcome. But we knew deep down that he was going to keep going. He was going to surprise everybody.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: And that he did.

STACY KERN: Richard just surpassed everyone's expectations again and again. And we have all learned a ton from taking care of this baby.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Somehow, some way, this baby who weighed less than 1 pound is now, nine months later, 13 pounds.

RICK HUTCHINSON: I'm proud of him, because I don't think I could have went through what he went through.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Parents full of pride and full of gratefulness for the staff at Children's Minnesota.

RICK HUTCHINSON: I mean, they're the ones who got us through it.

BETH HUTCHINSON: Mm-hmm.

RICK HUTCHINSON: They brought us to hope to actually-- to keep pushing.

BETH HUTCHINSON: He's definitely a miracle.

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Proof the smallest success stories can make the biggest impact.

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

SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD: Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield. WCCO 4 News.

- Baby Richard could soon be named the youngest baby ever to survive. The Guinness Book of World Records has contacted the family. And after his first birthday, he will likely be added to the record book. Donations go to help support programs for other patients like baby Richard. And right now, you can double your donation thanks to CarVal Investors Foundation. Are matching any amount up to $10,000. To give, you can text MNBrighter to 50155, or just head over to wcco.com/brighter.