TINY BUT MIGHTY

Preemies are 'natural-born fighters'

As World Prematurity Day approaches on Nov 17, parents share their roller-coaster journeys of raising preterm children from infancy to adolescence with senior correspondent Stephanie Yeo

Eeshaa Thakar when she was a toddler and (above) with her father Ashish Thakar, mother Shubhada Bhide and brother Shrihaan, eight.
Eeshaa Thakar when she was a toddler and (above) with her father Ashish Thakar, mother Shubhada Bhide and brother Shrihaan, eight.PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, SHUBHADA BHIDE
Eeshaa Thakar (above) when she was a toddler and with her father Ashish Thakar, mother Shubhada Bhide and brother Shrihaan, eight.
Eeshaa Thakar (above) when she was a toddler and with her father Ashish Thakar, mother Shubhada Bhide and brother Shrihaan, eight.PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, SHUBHADA BHIDE

When their daughter Eeshaa was born in 2005, Ms Shubhada Bhide and her husband Ashish Thakar, both 43, did not take photos.

"We were not in the mental state to do so," says the IT professional of the "maddening" time after her water broke at an estimated 24 to 26 weeks and she was asked to deliver normally.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2020, with the headline 'Preemies are 'natural-born fighters''. Print Edition | Subscribe