Thanks to a stroke of good fortune, Thomson Medical Centre delivered Singapore’s first SG50 baby – and TMC’s first Malay baby of the year – on 1 January 2015.
The golden girls who graced Singapore’s golden jubilee were Chloe Tham, who was born at the stroke of midnight, and Nur Luna Aqilah, who was born at 9.10am.
Born two days ahead of her expected due date, baby Chloe is the first child of retail customer service executive Keith Tham and banking customer service assistant Daphne Lian, both 29.
“It took 16 hours of labour to deliver Chloe, but the Thomson nurses really took good care of us,” said Daphne. “Most of them are bilingual, so that made me feel more at home.”
Being the nation’s first baby in 2015, Chloe received the SG50 Baby Jubilee Gift from Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office.
All Thomson babies born in 2015 will receive not one but four baby gifts – a Thomson SG50 Jubilee Joy Pack, the Singapore Government’s SG50 Baby Jubilee Gift (for Singapore citizens only), a POSB Smiley Gift Bag and a Thomson Mummy Discharge Bag.
Said Daphne: “The four baby gifts are thoughtful and will come in handy for us. These items will last us for some time!”
On his daughter’s newfound “celebrity” status, Keith said: “We just want her to be happy, grow up healthy and have the freedom to choose what to do in future.”
To the parents of baby Nur Luna Aqilah – Mohd Ikhsan Sidek, 29 and Isnaine Muhd Salleh, 33 – the various goodies for SG50 babies were like “a birthday celebration”.
“I chose to deliver in Thomson because my first baby was born here in 2012,” said mummy Isnaine. “We love babies, so we might have another in the next two or three years!”
Thomson Medical is proud to join Singapore in celebrating SG50 with parents-to-be.
“Since 1979, Thomson Medical has been taking women on the amazing journey of motherhood and embracing the birth of thousands of babies each year,” said Dr Lam Kian Ming, Senior Vice President, Thomson Medical Singapore. “This year, being SG50, our Thomson Angels are looking forward to extending their Thomson Touch and to deliver more bundles of joy to families in Singapore.”