Miracle baby Zoe thriving at home after Irish adventure
Published 17/02/2016 | 07:19
She may be safely home in the States, but Zoe Ireland Drake certainly won't be allowed to forget where she was born.
This photo of little Zoe shows just how far she has come since she was born prematurely in the Rotunda Hospital last October.
Baby Zoe weighed just one pound and 13 ounces back then, but just look at her now nearly four months later.
Her mum Jenny unexpectedly went into labour while on a transatlantic flight from Paris to North Carolina when she was just 25 weeks pregnant. The plane landed here and she gave birth shortly afterwards to Zoe.
The family spent Christmas in Ireland, but a medical flight was required to bring them back home to the States. An anonymous donor made Zoe's trip home possible by contacting the Ray D'Arcy radio show and pledging €30,000 towards the cost of the special medical charter.
Jenny sent the photo of baby Zoe to the show to let everyone know how well she is doing, and that she is keeping in touch with her Irish roots.
"Zoe Ireland Drake is home in Tennessee, out of hospital and thriving," the show said.
Little Zoe was flown into Nashville on Saturday, 23 January, and brought to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
However, she was subsequently discharged just a few days later.
Jenny told the Herald yesterday: "She came home from the hospital on January 26 and has been doing well.
"She is up to 7lbs 3oz, as of her last doctor's appointment.
"We have enjoyed the time at home together."