583 Parkway babies reunite

PHOTO: 583 Parkway babies reunite

SINGAPORE - When babies born in Parkway East Hospital (formerly known as East Shore Hospital) decided to gather at the hospital, it was no surprise that posing for a group photograph inside the building was a difficult task.

Though not all of them were still "babies", it still meant getting the group of 583 to step out into the front yard of the hospital to snap the photo you see on this page.

The group was there as part of a Baby Reunion Day organised in connection with the hospital's Open House and Family Day on Feb 26. They set a new record as the "Largest gathering of people born in the same hospital" in the Singapore Book of Records.

There was a small surprise too. The guest-of-honour for the event, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Joo Chiat Constituency Charles Chong, was also born in the hospital in 1953. He was presented with a Parkway East Hospital Baby Certificate.

The "oldest baby" certificate was presented to 64-year-old Madam Tan Nguan Gek Susan while Rhyene Chng Li En (two months and six days) was given the title of "youngest baby".

The Azahar family, with five girls, walked away with the award for the "most number of Parkway East babies born in one family".

In addition to the Baby Reunion, more than 1,000 members of the public turned up at the Open House during the day. They enjoyed complimentary health screening and took part in dialogue sessions with the hospital's specialists.