Means was born at 21 weeks and one day in Alabama, USA weighing less than a pound (420 grams), one of two babies meant to be born in early November 2020.
Mom Michelle Butler recalls praying for both her babies to survive. "I knew it was too early to have them," she said of her birth in July 2020.
Sadly, Curtis's twin did not survive.
Despite the tragic circumstances of his birth, the 16-month-old is now home, and his mom says that he is thriving and active like any other child.
The previous record holder, Richard Hutchinson, was born 131 days premature, just a day older than Means when he was born. Both Means and Hutchinson were born in 2020, just one month apart.
Nurse Surmita Gray, who was present at Curtis' birth, said that they were all shocked and amazed by how tiny Means was at birth.
"We just knew in our hearts that this was the smallest baby we've seen, and we were going to see him go home".
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