A couple who spent more than € 43,000 on fertility treatment welcomed miracle triols after their parents funded a final IVF cycle.
Niamh and Jeff Quinlan, both 37 years old, from Dublin, had given up hope of conceiving and decided to look into surrogacy after spending their savings on five failed rounds of IVF and years of heartbreak.
Niamh's father and stepmother were devastated when they saw the couple struggled so much and gave them the money to fund one final fertility cycle.
The treatment was a success and the little girls Molly, Chloe and Megan were born last December.
Niamh and Jeff Quinlan, both 37 years old, from Dublin, had given up hope of conceiving and decided to look into surrogacy after spending their savings on five failed rounds of IVF and years of heartbreak. Last December, they finally welcomed triplet girls (pictured)
Niamh's father and stepmother were devastated when they saw the couple struggled so much and gave them the money to fund one final fertility cycle. In the picture the couple with their granddaughters
Molly, Chloe and Morgan spent weeks in the hospital after they were born (pictured) before they were allowed home
Niamh said, “Life is pretty hectic now, but I wouldn't have it any other way. It's the family I've always dreamed of. I have to pinch myself sometimes. We have gone through so many years thinking we would never have a baby, let alone three.
“I had given up hope of ever carrying a baby when my father called me and said he had deposited € 7,600 in my account. I burst into tears while working at my desk. Even then, I thought there was likely to be money down the drain.
"I had the shock of my life when I found out that I was actually pregnant with not one but three babies."
The couple attempted to raise a family shortly after getting married in 2016.
But after a year of no luck, they consulted a doctor who recommended trying IUI, a treatment that induces ovulation, after discovering that one of Niamh's fallopian tubes was blocked.
Niamh said, “It was a relief to know that there was a solution and we just assumed we would get pregnant right away. But another year later we were told we had to try IVF.
The couple attempted to raise a family shortly after getting married in 2016. However, they suffered heartache when five rounds of IVF were unsuccessful. Pictured, baby Molly in the hospital
Niamh and Jeff had almost given up hope of bearing their own children when IVF was successful. In the picture the daughters Molly, Chloe and Morgan at home
Molly, Chloe and Megan in their carriers at home in Dublin. The triplets are attracted to their family
After spending more than $ 43,000, the couple decided to put any money into funding a replacement, but one final round of IVF worked. In the picture the girls at home
& # 39; We put all our money into it and thought "this time it has to work". But I started bleeding within a few days. It was absolutely devastating. & # 39;
The couple underwent five IVF cycles, each of which ended with heartache.
After spending more than $ 45,000, they decided to put their money into funding a replacement – they thought they would never get pregnant.
But Niamh's father, Michael Foley, couldn't stand his daughter missing out on her dream – and he and Niamh's stepmother, Patricia, a midwife, convinced her to try again.
Michael said, “Niamh has always been a wonderful mother figure, even when she was a little girl.
& # 39; Niamh's mother died when she was a teenager, but she had always looked after everyone else so well – Patricia and I knew she and Jeff would be such wonderful parents.
Niamh's father, Michael Foley, couldn't stand his daughter missing out on her dream – and he and Niamh's stepmother, Patricia, a midwife, convinced her to try again. Pictured the triplets at home
Niamh said she burst into tears when she learned that her father was giving her money for more IVF. Pictured the adorable triplets at home
“It was heartbreaking to see my daughter miscarried and having such a terrible time.
“Of course you don't want to interfere as a parent, but they had two embryos left and Patricia thought there was hope of making one last try.
“We talked about it one evening, and the next morning I put the money in Niamh's account. I called her and said we gave her some money, and it was up to her what she did with it – we didn't mind if they didn't want to go through IVF again. But it was up to her. & # 39;
Niamh said, “I just burst into tears when Dad told me what they did for us. It was so unexpected. We decided to do one last shot with our frozen embryos, but in my heart I didn't think it would work.
A few days after the treatment, my stomach swelled up, which may be a side effect of the medication, and I had to go to the clinic to have it drained.
“It had happened before, so I wasn't worried. I just thought this cycle would be just like the others.
Jeff had an exam that day and my father had stayed in our house so he and Patricia drove me to the clinic.
“But when I came out of the numb, my father beamed at me. They did a test and I was pregnant. I collapsed It seemed so fitting that he could be the one to tell me. & # 39;
Medical professionals told Niamh that the reason her stomach was swollen was actually part of the body's response to extremely high levels of pregnancy hormone – caused by wearing triplets.
She said, “When we did our first scan, I suspected that it could be twins because of my high hormone levels. But when they pointed out three babies on the scan, I was overwhelmed.
“There was a moment of sheer joy, but then I just felt scared – it was such a high risk pregnancy that I still didn't know if they would make it.
"It was only when I brought them all home that I felt like I could finally accept this moment of total joy."
After an uneventful pregnancy, Niamh felt unwell after 30 weeks and went to the hospital for a check-up, where specialists told her the babies needed to be delivered immediately.
A team of 40 medical specialists and nurses gave birth to their daughters by caesarean section on December 17th at Coombe Women & # 39; s Hospital in Dublin.
Baby Molly, born weighing 3 pounds 4 ounces, Megan weighing 2 pounds 10 ounces, and Chloe weighing 2 pounds 14 ounces, were all taken straight to the intensive care unit.
It was days before the new parents could hold their babies and nine weeks before they could all get home.
Niamh added, “When they rolled me down for surgery, they warned me that the girls were very premature and may need resuscitation at birth.
When each of them was born, I held my breath and waited to hear them cry. Every time I screamed, a wave of relief came over me. The first cuddle with each of the girls was so special. It just took my breath away to finally meet her.
“They were still very poor, but I knew they were fighters.
One day Molly stopped breathing while I was holding her. A nurse rushed over, took her from me, and ran to get a doctor – it was the scariest moment of my life.
“She was the first to come home, but was taken back to the children's hospital with breathing problems.
Once one of them was in the maternity hospital, one in the children's hospital, and another at home.
"When they all finally got home shortly before their due date in February, it was the best day of our lives."
Due to Covid, the enthusiastic grandparents Michael and Patricia could not see their granddaughters since mid-March until they were reunited last weekend.
Michael added, “There is so much love in this household that it feels wonderful to be surrounded by such happiness. I am so glad I was able to help my little girl become a mother. My granddaughters are wonderful babies, we were so excited to be reunited with them. & # 39;
Niamh said, “I cannot thank my father enough for what he did for us. It will be wonderful to tell their special story to girls when they grow up. & # 39;
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