It was a tortuous 36 hours. By morning, the labor itself still hadn’t started, and it looked like he would make it home before the birth. As the day wore on, however, things started to move much more quickly. After a short labor; little Ben was welcomed to the world at 8:05pm.
“I was a proud father, tears rolling down my cheeks, phone in my hand and getting strange looks from the other passengers waiting to board the plane,” Mark laughs.
Six weeks premature, Ben was quickly taken to the neonatal intensive care ward, where he was given help with breathing, keeping warm and getting enough nutrition, among other things. "Everything was as ok as it could be given the situation. But I still hadn’t seen my son. Luckily, a close friend of my girlfriend was able to take some pictures and email them to me."
For the long flight home, Mark had four pictures of his son to treasure.
“Around his tiny leg was a sensor measuring the oxygen levels in his blood. It’s part of a Philips neonatal monitor. It’s hard for me to imagine a more important place to find a Philips innovation that mattered to me at that point,” says Mark.