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Oakley White Hayes
on behalf of Jennifer Drake
 NASHVILLE, TN
Update on Zoe Ireland Drake, daughter of Jenny and Gavin Drake:   Zoe is quite the fighter, and is doing well.  She will continue to need medical care over the next few months.  Thankfully, Jenny and Gavin's son, Aiden, was able to go to Ireland to spend the holidays with the family.  They are all so thankful and feel so blessed that they are able to be together, and that Zoe is doing so well, but they are ready to be back home in Tennessee as a family.

Jenny and Gavin have been looking into a medical flight to get Zoe back home.  Unfortunately,  the insurance company is not going to cover this, because Zoe is getting adequate care in Ireland.  Zoe is currently unable to make the 9.5 hour flight without medical attention.  This flight will cost $67,000.  Because they are self-employed, staying in Ireland creates quite a financial difficulty for them.  Zoe really needs to be about 3 months post-term to be able to sustain a commercial flight, so without this medical flight, they will most likely be in Ireland until April.  Please consider donating more, and please post this on your social media pages to get the word out.  Thank you so much, and God Bless!

Here is the latest article written about the Drake family:

http://evoke.ie/news/irish-news/baby-zoe-christmas-in-dublin

Hi friends and colleagues.   Jenny Drake, a UAB School of Optometry alum (2008), and her husband Gavin were on a work-related trip to Europe, and heading home, when she unexpectedly went into premature labor at 25 weeks.  Thankfully, the plane turned around, and she was able to have her precious baby girl, Zoe, at a hospital in Ireland.  Now, Jenny and Gavin are in Dublin with their sweet 2 pound daughter until they are able to come home to the Nashville, TN area.

Jenny and Gavin have a 3 year old son, Aiden, who is staying with his grandparents in Kentucky.  They also have an optometry practice, Drake Eye Care and Eyewear, in Murfreesboro, TN.  

Below is a FaceBook post from Jenny:

"For those that don't know, we had an eventful Saturday. We were flying home from Paris and I went into pre term labor at 25 weeks. They diverted the plane to Dublin, Ireland and 4 minutes after arriving at the hospital, our precious Zoe was born. She weighed 2 pounds and has proven to be a feisty little thing. She came off the ventilator today and is breathing well on her own. Please keep her and our family in your prayers as we have a long road ahead. We don't have wifi at the hospital but I'll try to keep everyone updated as much as possible."

Needless to say, Jenny, Gavin and Zoe will be in Ireland for quite some time.  Their stay could potentially be months.  During this period, they will be unable to work at their practice and will accrue many medical bills.  Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated, and such a blessing to their sweet family.  Any amount is helpful.  Thank you so much!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3287715/US-bound-plane-forced-turn-Atlantic-divert-Ireland-woman-goes-labour-cabin.html
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Hello! I just wanted to give a final update on the Drake family. They are officially back home!!! Jenny, Gavin, and Zoe were able to fly back to Nashville, where Zoe was taken to Vanderbilt hospital to be checked out. Thankfully, after a few days, Zoe was able to finally go home! Gavin, Jenny, Aiden and Zoe Drake are all together as a family in their home in Murfreesboro, TN. Thank you all so much for your generosity, your support and your prayers. A special thanks to the wonderful people of Ireland, who made the Drake family feel so welcome and loved. There truly are still amazing people in this world, and I'm so thankful that you proved that by helping this special family. God has truly blessed them, and may He bless each and every one of you. Thank you all again. And to the Drake Family . . .WELCOME HOME!!!
Going home!
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Update: A very generous Irish man and his family have agreed to donate $30,000 to help baby Zoe come home. He wishes to remain anonymous. I just wanted to give you this update! Thank you to all who have made this possible and for your generous donations. The Drake family feels truly blessed!! Thanks again so much! #FlyZoeHome
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UPDATE: $67,000 NEEDED FOR A MEDICAL FLIGHT FOR ZOE IRELAND DRAKE, DAUGHTER OF JENNY AND GAVIN DRAKE. Please read below.

Zoe is quite the fighter, and is doing well. She will continue to need medical care over the next few months. Thankfully, Jenny and Gavin's son, Aiden, was able to go to Ireland to spend the holidays with the family. They are all so thankful and feel so blessed that they are able to be together, and that Zoe is doing so well, but they are ready to be back home in Tennessee as a family.

Jenny and Gavin have been looking into a medical flight to get Zoe back home. Unfortunately, the insurance company is not going to cover this, because Zoe is getting adequate care in Ireland. Zoe is currently unable to make the 9.5 hour flight without medical attention. This flight will cost $67,000. Because they are self-employed, staying in Ireland creates quite a financial difficulty for them. Zoe really needs to be about 3 months post-term to be able to sustain a commercial flight, so without this medical flight, they will most likely be in Ireland until April. Please consider donating more, and please post this on your social media pages to get the word out. Thank you so much, and God Bless!

Here is the latest article written about the Drake family:

http://evoke.ie/news/irish-news/baby-zoe-christmas-in-dublin
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I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of those who have donated, prayed, and sent well wishes to the Drake family! Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
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Jenny Drake
38 months ago
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Thanks for the suggestion, Jerry Smith. We actually checked into every transatlantic sailing between now and April and unfortunately there are regulations against passengers under the age of 12 months due to safety concerns.

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Louise Whelan
37 months ago
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no need to be sarky Jerry, this mother is doing everything in her power to get her daughter home. The last thing she needs ur clever commentary.

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Jodi Renee
38 months ago
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http://www.aircarealliance.org/directory-groups

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Jerry Smith
38 months ago

There is this new invention called a ship. While it is slower it will get you here. And it is fairly inexpensive.

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Clodagh Carroll
36 months ago

So happy to hear you are all safe and sound in the comfort of your own home. Little Zoe will always be a little bit Irish now and best of luck to her in her lucky life ahead. Lots of warm wishes-Clodagh x

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Denise P Ni Raghallaigh
36 months ago

Are they home? Its not clear that the donation of $30,000 from the generous donor (give that man a clap on the back) got you the funds needed to bring them all home or did it help get them half way there? If they still need donations, an update to say that would help removed the confusion as some people are posting as if they're already gone home but the total above doesnt reflect the donation got them to the amount needed. I just wasnt sure but want to donate if they're still trying!

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Caroline Crowley
37 months ago

Great news, delighted for the Drake family. I'm sure Zoe will have a homecoming to remember. Good luck!

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Dan Fedoryshyn
37 months ago

Glad that you are all home safe.

JH
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Jamie Ho
37 months ago

We have not met before, but my heart goes to you as a recent mother. Wishing baby Zoe good health and safe passage back to TN.

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37 months ago
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37 months ago
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37 months ago
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Dorothy Cartwright
37 months ago

Hope you get to go hone soon! So glad Zoe is doing so great!

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Diana Gonzalez
37 months ago

Sending prayers that your family can come back soon.

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Barbara Griffin
37 months ago

Best of luck x

Jenny Drake
38 months ago
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Thanks for the suggestion, Jerry Smith. We actually checked into every transatlantic sailing between now and April and unfortunately there are regulations against passengers under the age of 12 months due to safety concerns.

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Louise Whelan
37 months ago
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no need to be sarky Jerry, this mother is doing everything in her power to get her daughter home. The last thing she needs ur clever commentary.

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Jodi Renee
38 months ago
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http://www.aircarealliance.org/directory-groups

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Jerry Smith
38 months ago

There is this new invention called a ship. While it is slower it will get you here. And it is fairly inexpensive.

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Clodagh Carroll
36 months ago

So happy to hear you are all safe and sound in the comfort of your own home. Little Zoe will always be a little bit Irish now and best of luck to her in her lucky life ahead. Lots of warm wishes-Clodagh x

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Denise P Ni Raghallaigh
36 months ago

Are they home? Its not clear that the donation of $30,000 from the generous donor (give that man a clap on the back) got you the funds needed to bring them all home or did it help get them half way there? If they still need donations, an update to say that would help removed the confusion as some people are posting as if they're already gone home but the total above doesnt reflect the donation got them to the amount needed. I just wasnt sure but want to donate if they're still trying!

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Caroline Crowley
37 months ago

Great news, delighted for the Drake family. I'm sure Zoe will have a homecoming to remember. Good luck!

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