MP for Punggol East SMC Lee Li Lian gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday morning (July 1).Baby Karys Koh was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, weighing in at 3.02 kg. Lee and her husband, telecommunications consultant Jacky Koh, have yet to pick a Chinese name for Karys.
The Workers’ Party MP, a first-time mother, posted a photo of Karys on her Facebook page shortly after delivery. She also took the opportunity to thank residents who had offered their best wishes and advice during her pregnancy.
"Going forward, like many mothers, I will have many challenges to face as well and, like them, I will persevere to get through these obstacles!" she said.
Despite being barely a day old, the little one has already done her first good deed: donating her cord blood to the Singapore Cord Blood Bank.
“By donating, we would help to build up a more comprehensive public repository of cord blood units. This is available to anyone who requires stem cell therapy/ transplant,” shared Lee, who went on to describe briefly the donation procedure and encourage others to follow suit.
The 35-year-old, who mentioned previously that she hopes to have two children, had been planning to start a family with her husband. But the couple put the baby plans on hold to fight in the Punggol East by-election in January last year, which Lee won with 54.5 per cent of the vote.