Irish mother who gave birth to twins at 24 weeks after contracting Covid-19 thanks the public for their generosity
An Irish mother who had to have an emergency Caesarean section when her twins were only 24 weeks old due to the Covid-19 contraction said she was blown away by people’s generosity.
Ori O’Rourke, 25, from Kinvara in County Galway, said she had had a “terrifying and traumatic experience” as she unexpectedly had to give birth to her first children while on vacation in Malaga, Spain. Spain.
Ms O’Rourke was in critical condition and had to live in Malaga for two and a half months after the babies were born as they were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) due to their prematurity.
A few weeks ago, babies Emily and Jacob were taken home by air ambulance to the NICU at Galway University Hospital.
Due to the high cost of staying in Malaga and now the price of having to drive an hour in and out of the hospital each day, Ms O’Rourke and her partner set up an online fundraiser at GoFundMe.
The mother of two spoke to the Independent Irish last week about his traumatic experience and spoke about it later on national radio.
She said she saw an increase in donations after going public with her story, and they have now raised € 18,349 of their € 20,000 goal.
“It was pretty scary talking in the newspaper or going on the radio because it brought up a lot of old emotions, so it was a little difficult,” Ms. O’Rourke told Independent.ie.
“But people have been so generous and we’re so close to our goal now, so thank you to everyone who donated, there were complete strangers and they were so generous, we really really appreciate it, we don’t know what we would do without.
“I would also like to thank all the staff at Galway University Hospital NICU and all the staff who helped the twins through the process.”
The Galway native received some exciting news yesterday as she was able to bring Emily home from the hospital.
The next part of the trip will now see Ms O’Rourke caring for the three-month-old baby girl at home as she continues to visit Jacob every day in the hospital.
The little boy was unfortunately sicker than his sister and had two heart operations and surgery on both eyes.
He is currently at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin recovering from the eye surgery which took place a few days ago.
At some point today he will be brought back by ambulance to the NICU at Galway University Hospital.
“The doctors are really happy with the way it’s gone and they are optimistic for her sight in the future,” Ms. O’Rourke explained.
“Obviously there are no guarantees, but they are as optimistic as they can get and they are happy with the way it has turned out.
“They say he’s pretty good afterwards so we’re happy with that.”
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