World Prematurity Day, celebrated on 17 November every year, celebrates and recognizes the resilience and determination of premature babies to stay alive, sometimes against the odds.

These “Preemies” often have to stay in hospital for weeks to months before thay can leave the hospital, sometimes even before they can be put in the arms of their parents.

The Kandang Kerbau Womens’ and Children Hospital in Singapore, who recently broke the Guinness world record for “Largest Reunion of People Born at the Same Hospital”, chose to celebrate World Prematurity Day in the most touching way possible to celebrate the heroic efforts of the Preemies by dressing them up as Superheroes.

Sheraz, Thor
Born at: 29 weeks gestation
No. of days in hospital: 98 days and still inpatient
Superhero trait: Indestructible. Smashes every challenge that comes his way.

Sheraz, Thor

Sheraz, Thor

Chen An, The Flash
Born at: 29 weeks 2 days gestation
No. of days in hospital: 36 days and still inpatient
Superhero Trait: Swift. Quick to learn new tasks.

Chen An, The Flash

Chen An, The Flash

Wei Yan, the Green Lantern
Born at: 24 weeks 4 days gestation
No. of days in hospital: 105 days and still inpatient
Superhero trait: Brave. Beacon of strength even though his twin brother has been discharged.

Wei Yan, the Green Lantern

Wei Yan, the Green Lantern

Elyza, the Supergirl
Born at 26 weeks 1 day gestation
No. of days in hospital: 45 days and still inpatient
Superhero trait: Fortitude. Able to remain calm even when things get chaotic.

Elyza, the Supergirl

Elyza, the Supergirl

Asher, Robin
Born at: 26 weeks gestation
No. of days in hospital: 112 days and still inpatient
Superhero trait: Resilient, against all the odds.

Asher, Robin

Asher, Robin

Joshua, the Spiderboy
Born at: 30 weeks 4 days gestation
No. of days in hospital: 43 days
Superhero trait: Charming. Wins everyone over.

Joshua, the Spiderboy

Joshua, the Spiderboy

Allia, The Wondergirl
Born at: 24 weeks 3 days gestation
No. of days in hospital: 200 days and still inpatient
Superhero Trait: Courageous. Braved through storms.

Aliia, the Wondergirl

Aliia, the Wondergirl

Avril, the Wondergirl
Born at: 24 weeks 6 days gestation
No. of days in hospital: 98 days
Superhero trait: Zealous. Lively and energetic, especially at milk times.

Avril, the Wondergirl

Avril, the Wondergirl

Thaqif, Captain America
Born at: 24 weeks gestation
No. of days in hospital: 216 days
Superhero trait: The strong and mighty one. Makes his presence known.

Thaqif, Captain America

Thaqif, Captain America

Being a Preemie myself, till today I still hear stories of my birth and the time I needed in an incubator. It’s a trying time for both baby and parents. So let’s send some positive vibes to all the preemies and their parents around the world.

From one Preemie to another, you can do it!

Credits: Photography by Dr. Janlie Banas, Clinical Associate, Dept of Neonatology, KK Hospital

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