Baby Born 3 Months Premature Can Fit In Palm Of Dad’s Hand, Then 17 Years Later He Aces The SAT

by Caralynn Lippo
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Leyton Rebori achieved perfect scores on both the SAT and the ACT. But that rare accomplishment isn’t the first time the high school senior defied the odds.

The young man from Kansas City, Missouri, has a truly miraculous backstory. About seventeen years ago, Leyton was born three months premature. At the time of his birth, he weighed only 1 lb., 12 oz., fitting into the palm of his dad’s hand. Because he was so early, many of Leyton’s vital organs were drastically underdeveloped. He would go on to spend three months fighting for his life in the NICU.

Eventually, Leyton pulled through. But that wasn’t the end of his ordeal.

Because he was so premature, doctors suspected he might experience mental or physical impairments.

“They assumed that I would probably have trouble doing things academically and physically,” Leyton explained.

Miraculously, Leyton faced no such setbacks, as has been demonstrated by his rare standardized testing achievement. The Rockhurst High School senior told WDAF that he took the ACT three times to achieve his perfect score and the SAT only once.

“The ACT is 1/4 of a percent of people get the perfect score. The SAT is about 1/1,000 of that,” Leyton said. “I just checked my phone the day the scores were going to be out, and I saw that I got a perfect score and I just screamed.”

This young man clearly has a bright future ahead of him, and he’s an incredible example of what the most seemingly fragile premature babies can go on to achieve in their lives.

Footage provided by WDAF Kansas City

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