Irish mother gives birth to twins following emergency Caesarean section after contracting Covid
Irish mother had to have an emergency Caesarean section while on vacation abroad to give birth to her twins at 24 weeks after falling ill with Covid-19.
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, in Spain.
She was in critical condition and couldn’t even see her babies after they were born. They had two weeks before she saw them for the first time.
“So at the end of August my partner and I decided to go babymooning to Spain, it was our last vacation together as a single couple as we were expecting the twins on December 23, this was cleared by my doctor as I was a low-risk twin pregnancy, ”Ms. O’Rourke told the Herald.
“About two days after I arrived I started to feel pretty sick, so I went to the hospital a few days after we arrived and was then told I had Covid.
“But they said the babies were okay at this point, so they sent me home with just paracetamol.”
However, the Galway woman’s condition quickly deteriorated and two days later she was back in hospital and placed in intensive care.
Without the comfort of her partner Phil Hillier by her side, Ms O’Rourke had only a few minutes to process the news that her babies would be delivered at just 24 weeks.
“It was very terrifying and traumatic, the language barrier was a big deal, it’s really scary not knowing what was going on,” she said.
“The doctors just walked into the room and said ‘we have to get the babies out’ and I was like ‘no you are not’ but they must have done what they had to do.
“I have eight to ten minutes to call my mom and my partner.”
After the birth of the twins, Emily and Jacob, Ms O’Rourke was transferred to another hospital and was unable to meet them for two weeks or see her partner during that time.
“They were born on September 12th but I didn’t see them at all, I didn’t hold them, I never even heard them cry, I never touched them, I didn’t even know if they were okay , nobody could tell me anything, it was very, very scary. “
She said she was “beside himself” for the first few days after the twins were born because she was taking oxygen and a high dose of painkillers, but once she could figure out what was going on , she was frustrated.
“I didn’t have my partner for support so I was very lonely.”
Ms O’Rourke and her partner stayed at various AirBnBs for over two months in Malaga as they visited their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Nicu).
Two weeks ago the couple were finally able to get Emily and Jacob back to Ireland by air ambulance and they are now at Nicu at Galway University Hospital.
Last night, parents followed Jacob in a car as he was taken by ambulance to Crumlin’s Children Hospital in Dublin for surgery.
“The little girl is doing great now, her little brother is not as strong as her, but he’s a fighter and he’s getting stronger and stronger every day,” Ms. O’Rourke said.
“He has had a few surgeries and has chronic lung disease, which is common in premature babies, his lungs are working very hard, so he still has plenty of oxygen.
“It’s hard to say when they can get home but it looks like it’s after Christmas.”
Ms O’Rourke explained that another tough decision is to bring their baby girl home when she can or keep her at Nicu with her baby brother.
“The doctors and nurses have said that she will most likely be able to go home very soon, so we decide to wait and bring them home together or bring her home first, which is a pretty tough decision. . “
Due to the fact that neither of the parents have been able to work in the past three months and the high cost of accommodation in Spain and round-trip transport to the hospital, Ms O’Rourke has set up a GoFundMe.
“We have had incredible support from friends, family and the community, we are so, so grateful, but every day it seems to be more and more expense,” she said. declared.
“The costs just keep piling up, so it’s a little scary.
“We had to stay in Malaga for two and a half months and it’s a vacation destination so nothing is cheap there.
“I couldn’t walk so we had to take taxis everywhere.
“Back in Ireland, we have to get in and out of the hospital every day, which is an hour, so even that equates to € 100 of gasoline.
“And also with twins everything is twice as expensive.”
The first-time mum said she was feeling good physically now three months after her emergency Cesarean, but had to take it all day because she was worried about little Emily and Jacob.