A baby thought to be the world’s smallest at birth was discharged from the National University Hospital after 13 months of intensive treatment. Baby Yu Xuan was just 212g, the weight of an apple when she was born and measured 24cm in length. She was delivered at just under 25 weeks, far short of the average 40. We spoke to Yu Xuan’s mother, Ms. Felicia Wong about how her stay at Ronald McDonald House helped her cope with the caregiving of Yu Xuan. When asked about how she felt about Yu Xuan’s birth, Ms. Wong said, “It was really a shock to me, as my first born child did not have any irregularities whatsoever.” The mother of two then expressed her gratitude to both NUH and Ronald McDonald House Charities Singapore for allowing her the complimentary use of one of its four bedrooms for seven months from December 2020 to July 2021. “It’s like a hotel, and having food and a quiet place to think really helped me through the entire ordeal at NUH,” said Felicia, who is originally from Malaysia. The couple’s older child is currently in the care of her parents and in-laws back in Malaysia. She was also grateful for having a proper space to eat her meals in peace, especially with the ever-changing dining restrictions imposed during the course of the pandemic.
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