Baby Lorcan Walsh-Kavanagh, who was born 15 weeks early in Singapore, is out of hospital.
A couple whose son was born prematurely in Singapore in February have thanked everyone who has supported them while he has been in hospital over the past few months.
Baby Lorcan has now been discharged from hospital, and his parents, Patraic Walsh-Kavanagh and Chloe Wilkinson, hope they will soon be able to bring him home to Newark.
They say they will never forget all the help they have been given and will tell Lorcan all about it when he is older so that he will know how much love he was shown.
In a message to everyone who has supported them, they said: “We would like to start by saying thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every person for their support over the past three months.”
The couple said Lorcan, after a 46-day stay in an intensive care unit, followed by 44 days in a high-dependency unit, had been discharged from hospital, weighing 5lbs 9oz.
Lorcan was born 15 weeks early after Chloe went into labour while the couple were on their way home from a year-long working holiday.
Appeals were launched to help meet the estimated £140,000 medical costs until he was considered well enough for the family to fly home.
They said that the support received through various fundraising platforms and through charity events had now covered the costs, so no further donations were needed.
One of the most recent events was a charity night at Newark Showground in May, organised by Lucie Scullion, of Balderton, which was attended by several members of the couple’s family.
It included an auction, and raised more than £2,000.
Patraic and Chloe said: “Lorcan is now aged 3½ months old and is a bright, bubbly, beautiful baby boy who has defied all the odds and left hospital with no major medical issues thanks to the unbelievable medical team at Singapore General Hospital and all of your support.
“He has settled in to his new environment outside of the hospital with the two of us perfectly and we couldn’t be happier as a trio.
“He has a couple more procedural appointments to attend in Singapore before flying back home to meet his family and friends, but he is most definitely out of the woods and on the home straight.
“We look forward to everyone meeting him in the coming weeks.
The couple said that they would never forget the help they had been given by so many people when they needed it most.
“We have copied all of the messages we have received over the past three months and will be making a memory book to show Lorcan when he grows up, all the love and support shown to him and us in our time of need,” they said.
“It will be something we will never forget nor will we let Lorcan forget it.”