Baby saved after pregnant mum died in accident: Dad thanks medical team in heart-felt video

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SINGAPORE - Eight months ago, the emergency department at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) managed to save a premature baby after her pregnant mother died in a road accident.

Doctors raced to extract baby Yunice in an emergency caesarean section and she is now a healthy little girl.

On Saturday (Jan 27), her father Dave Yuen, 26, thanked the team in a video that was played during the opening of The Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore's Annual Scientific Meeting 2018.

Mr Yuen said: "With Yunice physically around in the house, every movement that she does... with her looking at you, just makes you feel happy. She brings in the positive vibe at home."

He also thanked the medical team for the "miracle" and for giving him hope.

Mr Yuen lost his six-month pregnant wife, Ms Goh Chieh Ting, 25, on May 13 last year after she was hit by a lorry in Jurong West Avenue 1.

In a statement, NTFGH said: "The team made the swift decision to perform a perimortem caesarean section to increase the mother's chance of survival, but unfortunately she succumbed to serious injuries.

"A concurrent team took over the pre-term baby and continued to resuscitate the baby, performing manual ventilation continuously, while making the emergency transfer to the National University Hospital, where she was received by the neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team for immediate attention."

The hospital added that Mr Yuen was finally able to carry Yunice after she spent two months in the neo-natal ICU. She was at the ICU for another three more months before going home.

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