‘Rollercoaster of emotions’ for British couple stranded in Singapore with premature baby

They have been stuck in S'pore since February as son is not fit to travel, and face $250,000 bill

Ms Chloe Wilkinson, 30, went into labour at just 24 weeks during a layover in Singapore with her partner, Mr Patraic Walsh-Kavanagh, 27. Just a few weeks ago, the couple held their son for the first time. The newborn, who weighed just 870g when he wa
The newborn, who weighed just 870g when he was born some 15 weeks before the due date, holding his father's index finger at the Singapore General Hospital.PHOTO: PATRAIC WALSH-KAVANAGH

The fragile newborn weighed just 870g - less than the weight of a regular milk carton - when he was born here to a holidaying British couple, some 15 weeks before the due date.

Baby Lorcan had to be rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where he was kept in an incubator with tubes to help him breathe and obtain nutrients.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 21, 2019, with the headline 'UK couple's struggle with baby born prematurely'. Subscribe