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Zoe Ireland Drake is 'out of hospital and doing great'

David Kearns

Published 16/02/2016 | 17:18

Zoe Ireland Drake

Miracle baby Zoe Ireland Drake, who was born in Dublin weighting just two pounds, is out of hospital and doing great, says her proud mum.

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The Ray D’Arcy Show earlier today shared a photo of the baby girl, saying her mother had been in touch to tell them she was out of danger and doing well.

“Jenny Drake, mother of Zoe Ireland Drake, sent us this lovely pic of Zoe who is thriving since she got back home to the USA. She is out of hospital and doing great,” the RTÉ Radio One show said.

Baby Zoe’s mother went into labour suddenly on a transatlantic flight last October when she was just 25 weeks pregnant.

Jenny Drake and Baby Zoe pictured flying into Nashville on an Air Med International critical care hawker jet
Jenny Drake and Baby Zoe pictured flying into Nashville on an Air Med International critical care hawker jet
Zoe Ireland Drake

The pilot was forced to divert to Dublin, where the young mother gave birth to her daughter in the Rotunda hospital.

The family spent Christmas in Ireland and were due to fly home when they got the news that their insurance would not cover the €61,500 cost of a medical flight required to bring Zoe back to the United States.

A crowdfunding campaign was subsequently launched in order to raise the funds, and Ms Drake said, at the time, she was overwhelmed by the support of the Irish people.

In a surprise twist, an anonymous donor stepped in and donated more than half of the money required, much to the delight of radio host Ray D’Arcy who broke the news live on his RTÉ radio show.

Posting a message on Baby Zoe's 'GoFundMe' page earlier this week, mum Jenny wrote: "[We] are officially back home!!!

"Jenny, Gavin, and Zoe were able to fly back to Nashville, where Zoe was taken to Vanderbilt hospital to be checked out. Thankfully, after a few days, Zoe was able to finally go home!

"Thank you all so much for your generosity, your support and your prayers.

"A special thanks to the wonderful people of Ireland, who made the Drake family feel so welcome and loved. There truly are still amazing people in this world, and I'm so thankful that you proved that by helping this special family."

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