Couple stranded in Dublin after baby ‘Ireland’ born prematurely
Donations have been coming in for an American family who face a prolonged stay in Dublin after their daughter was born prematurely after the mother went into labour while on a flight.
Jenny and Gavin Drake, from Kentucky, were on a flight from Paris to the U.S. when Jenny went into labour after just 25 weeks of pregnancy.
The flight had to be diverted to Dublin, where Jenny was rushed to the Rotunda Hospital, and baby Zoe Ireland Drake was born minutes, weighing just two pounds.
Zoe will need to be in intensive care for several weeks, which means her parents will be staying in Dublin while she gains strength and an online crowdfunding page has been set up to help them during their stay, raising £10,500 so far.
It reads: “For those that don’t know, we had an eventful Saturday. We were flying home from Paris and I went into pre term labour at 25 weeks. They diverted the plane to Dublin, Ireland and 4 minutes after arriving at the hospital, our precious Zoe was born. She weighed 2 pounds and has proven to be a feisty little thing. She came off the ventilator today and is breathing well on her own. Please keep her and our family in your prayers as we have a long road ahead. We don’t have wifi at the hospital but I’ll try to keep everyone updated as much as possible.”
Needless to say, Jenny, Gavin and Zoe will be in Ireland for quite some time. Their stay could potentially be months. During this period, they will be unable to work at their practice and will accrue many medical bills.
Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated, and such a blessing to their sweet family. Any amount is helpful. Thank you so much!