Eutaw baby recognized as youngest preemie survivor

Baby Curtis

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

When Michelle Butler went into labor at 21 weeks and a day, she prayed for the best but knew the odds of her twins surviving were slim. Until recent years, babies born earlier than 24 weeks had little hope.

When she arrived at her local hospital, she was quickly transferred to UAB Hospital and there gave birth to twins Curtis and C’Asya around 1 p.m. July 5, 2020.

As soon as the twins were born, UAB doctors and nurses did everything they could to ensure her babies’ survival.

C’Asya passed away a day later, and Butler was devastated.

“I ended up praying, and the Lord told me if you give me one, I’ll let you keep one, and that’s all I did,” Butler said. “I kept faith.”

Her desperate prayer was answered.

And now, Curtis is a world record holder. He’s in the Guinness World Records as the youngest baby in the world to be born and survive.

When Curtis was born, he weighed 15 ounces — not even a pound. Now, he’s a year old and tips the scales at 18 pounds, 9 ounces.

To ensure his survival, Curtis spent the first nine months of his life in UAB’s regional neonatal intensive care unit. Butler said she’s certain her son would not have survived anywhere else.

“If I was to go through anything like that again, I will make them my first choice,” Butler said. “I did have my good days and my bad days, and I know he had his good and bad days as well. I was just more excited when they told me he could get discharged to come home.”

After 275 days in the UAB RNICU, Curtis was discharged April 6.

“I was ready, I did all my training up there, every time they were doing something I was right up there in their face,” Butler said. “Learning and being hands-on with them. I was there ever since I had him, studying and learning different things.”

Six months after Curtis’ discharge, his care team gathered to surprise mom and son with proof of their miracle: A certificate from Guinness World Records for “the most premature baby to survive.”

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