A Melbourne couple has been left stranded, unable to reach their baby in the Ukraine, who was born via surrogate, 11 weeks early.
Jess van Nooten and her husband Kevin were on their way to visit their daughter Alba Isobel Joan Middleton. She was born via surrogate on 22 February – helping them realise their almost decade-long dream of becoming parents. But she arrived just one day before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Jess and Kevin were on their way – getting as far as Dubai. They were about to board their flight to Odessa, when the airspace was closed. They were achingly close to finally being with their child they’ve so longed for. But she may as well be on another planet.
The couple is now stranded in Poland, desperately trying to figure out how they’ll get to their little girl. Baby Alba is in neonatal intensive care, and her surrogate is also recovering in hospital.
Friends and family of the couple are rallying to raise money for the couple, as they try and navigate a way to bring baby Alba home. More than $50,000 has already been raised to help with the possible medical evacuation of Alba and to support the couple’s bid to get her to Australia.
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