Tuesday 20 March 2018

US family face three-month stay after premature birth

Gavin and Jenny Drake
Gavin and Jenny Drake
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The American mother of a baby girl who was delivered prematurely at the Rotunda Hospital after she went into labour on board a transatlantic flight has held her baby for the first time.

Jenny Drake paid thanks to all those who have supported her and her husband, Gavin, following the birth of her little girl, Zoe Ireland.

The couple were flying home to Nashville in the USA after a 'babymoon' in Paris on Saturday when Jenny, who was 25 weeks pregnant, began contractions.

"At first, I didn't believe they were contractions," she told RTÉ Radio 1.

"I thought 'Oh, I just need to drink some water', but they were very regular - three minutes apart - and they became very, very intense".

Drake went on to explain how the plane dramatically landed in Dublin and how she was rushed to the Rotunda Hospital, where she gave birth four minutes after her arrival.

She said she and her baby, who weighed just 825 grams, are doing well and that she was able to hold her for the first time yesterday.

"Zoe is stable right now. Her doctors say she's as good as she can be right now. She is 26 weeks today, so stable is good at this point," Drake said.

Zoe is in hospital while her parents are staying in the accommodation run by the charity.

They will remain in Dublin for another three months to ensure Zoe gets the necessary care before the family return home.

"It's been such a relief - to know we have a place to stay," she said, before thanking all those who have offered their help over the past week.

Irish Independent

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