The family of an Irish baby brought out safely Ukraine have said their “thoughts, prayers and love are with the people of Ukraine who have given so much to Ireland”.
It was announced on Thursday that four Irish babies born through surrogacy in a maternity hospital in Kyiv were safely evacuated from the occupied country and reunited with their parents.
The babies, including a set of twins, were born earlier this week and were escorted by a care team to the Ukraine-Moldova border where they were reunited with their parents.
The three sets of parents were flown to Romania on an Irish Air Corps jet before making their way to the Moldovan border, where they were reunited with the children.
After the successful extraction mission, parents Gavin and Lesley-Anne Grimes said they wanted to “highlight how relieved and grateful we are for the country of Ukraine and its people”.
“We want everyone to know what a truly amazing place it is and how wonderful Ukrainians are. Our surrogate is safe and with her family. We are in daily contact to offer support during these difficult times. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with the people of Ukraine who have given so much to Ireland,” the couple said in a joint statement.
“We would like to personally thank Senator Mary Seery Kearney, Tracy Horan, Annette Hickey, Maureen, Secretary Simon Coveney and his team at the State Department, Secretary Simon Harris. Irish Families Through Surrogacy for their guidance and support. In Ukraine, the wonderful nurses and medical staff who looked after and protected Tilly, our daughter, in the hospital. Our legal representation in Ukraine, Olga Danchenko. Many thanks also to the brave Ukrainian builders who also helped.
“All of our wonderful family and friends for their love and support, but most of all our surrogate who is the most wonderful person. Baby Tilly can’t wait to meet her big brother Tadhg back home in Ireland,” the statement added.
Irish Families Through Surrogacy (IFTS), which supports the families of the Grimes and other Irish families, said: “We are truly grateful that these precious babies are safe in their parents’ arms.”
The charity said many of its members are in regular contact with their surrogate mothers – both those who have already given birth and those who are still expecting babies.
“They have offered support and have successfully referred financial aid to their surrogate to ensure they can get somewhere safe and provide for their families at this extremely distressing time. If surrogates and their families wish to leave Ukraine, any assistance will be provided to facilitate this,” IFTS said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/baby-tilly-cant-wait-to-meet-her-big-brother-irish-family-of-baby-born-via-surrogacy-express-relief-as-they-journey-home-41413365.html ‘Baby Tilly can’t wait to meet her big brother’ – The Irish family of a baby born through surrogacy express their ‘relief’ on their journey home