Donations have been coming in for an American family who face a prolonged stay in Dublin after their daughter was born premature.
Jenny and Gavin Drake, from Kentucky, were on a flight from Paris to the U.S. last week when Jenny went into labor. The pilot had to divert the flight to Dublin, where Jenny was rushed to the Rotunda Hospital. A few minutes later baby Zoe Ireland Drake was born at 25 weeks, 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, Herald.ie reports.
"My big fear was that, if she was born on the plane she wouldn't make it because she was so young . . . I was just trying to keep her in – which is easier said than done. Four minutes after I got to the hospital, Zoe was born."
"She's doing really well, she is stable now thankfully,” she said.
Jenny, an optometrist, and Gavin, an optician, were on their way home to Nashville to see their three-year-old son Aiden after enjoying a "babymoon" break in Paris.
"It was pretty terrible," she said. "My contractions were three minutes apart pretty much from the get go.
"I was trying everything to convince myself that it wasn't labor – that it was just Braxton Hicks – but eventually I had to flag down a flight attendant.
"They asked if there were any medics on board and I think eight lights went on. There were several doctors who helped me, so I was really lucky.
"Originally they were going to turn the flight around and head back to Paris but, then we were told we were going to Dublin. "We could see on the screen that's where we were heading.
"I felt for my poor husband – at one point they handed him a bag and said you may have to catch her."
She said it was a huge relief when the plane landed." It was just really emotional. It was a huge relief to arrive safely."
"The doctors said she was big for 25 weeks, but she looks tiny to me.
"We are just so grateful to everyone who helped and are thankful she is doing well."
An online fundraising campaign has been started to raise medical funds and to help the family pay for their stay in Dublin.