Baby Zoe touches down in the US
Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30
Premature baby Zoe Ireland Drake has arrived safely in Tennessee after an anonymous donor pledged the remaining €30,000 needed for her special medical charter flight home.
Her mother, Jenny, unexpectedly went into labour on a transatlantic flight when she was just 25 weeks pregnant last October.
Jenny yesterday told the Irish Independent the family were thrilled to be home.
"Zoe did great on the flight. Please thank the Irish people again for taking us in as their own," she added.
The pair are pictured flying into Nashville on an AirMed International critical care hawker jet on Saturday evening.
Zoe was then brought to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, and is expected to be discharged home next week.
Jenny and her husband, Gavin, were originally flying from Paris to North Carolina when the flight was diverted to Dublin Airport. Mrs Drake gave birth just four minutes after arriving at the Rotunda Hospital.