I have read that a fetal death occurs every 16 seconds. So when one of our little fighters makes it to the finish line, they’re scoring a goal for the whole human race.
Curtis Means from the United States is the first-place finisher, born at 21 weeks of gestation, weighing 14.8 ounces.
His mother went into labor on July 4, 2020. It was a twin pregnancy. Doctors estimated that the children had a 1% chance of survival. In fact, his twin brother died within 24 hours, but Curtis was here to stay. He spent 275 days in the hospital, much of them in NICU. Today he’s a healthy baby, although with no other children having been born that prematurely it’s hard for doctors to make a prognosis of its long-term effects.
However, thanks to progress in medicine, more and more babies are surviving such premature births. In November 2022 in Murcia (Spain), a baby named Julieta came to score another goal for the human race. At 23 weeks and two days, she was the most premature baby to be born at that hospital.
She was met with a coordinated response from the neonatology service, the milk bank, specialized obstetric and neonatal teams, and a care plan focused on neurological development and protection.