Premature baby’s dad hopes for more paid parental leave

The past three months have been a whirl of sorrow, happiness – and exhaustion – for Mr Dave Yuen.

On May 13, his wife, who was six months pregnant, died after being hit by a lorry while crossing the road. That was also the day his daughter was born, when doctors rushed to deliver her via an emergency caesarean section.

Today, the child remains in the neonatal intensive care unit (Nicu) at the National University Hospital. He declined to say when she might be discharged.

But already, Mr Yuen, who works as a chef, has exhausted his leave entitlement of around five weeks. This includes two weeks of paid paternity leave, a week of shared parental leave, compassionate leave as well as annual leave.

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