After Beating 0% Odds Of Survival, The World's Most Premature Baby Celebrates His 1st Birthday

When Richard Hutchinson was born, the doctors didn't think he'd live through the night. Up until that point in time, no child had ever been born over 130 days prematurely and lived.

This beautiful baby boy was given a zero percent chance of survival by a team of highly trained and skilled doctors. But earlier this month, Richard defied the odds and expectations by celebrating his 1st birthday.

When Richard Scott William Hutchinson was born, he weighed less than 1lbs.

Richard came into the world 131 days premature, making him the world's most premature baby to survive.

Despite his miraculous birth, doctors gave him a 0% chance of survival.

Richard was so small, that he could fit into the palm of his mother's hand.

"I knew the first few weeks of Richard's life would be very difficult," Richard's mother told CNN.

"But I felt that if he could make it through that, he would be a survivor."

The newborn baby had to stay in the hospital for six months before he was allowed to leave.

"I couldn't believe this was the same little boy that once was so sick, that I feared he may not survive," Beth Hutchinson further explained.

"The same little boy that once fit in the palm of my hand, with skin so translucent that I could see every rib and vessel in his tiny body."

On June 5th, against all odds, Richard celebrated his 1st birthday!

Complete with cake and balloons, too! Richard's heartbreaking story of courage and perseverance in the face of certain defeat should serve as an inspiration to us all.

On behalf of everyone here at Diply — happy birthday, little guy!