Saturday 3 December 2016

Tiny bundles of joy snooze their way into history

Published 10/11/2016 | 02:30

Quads Alexander, Ashley, Maxwell and Kayla Downey; triplets Dáire, Liam and Aisling Cussen; twins Ashton and Leo Mulcahy; and singleton Maggie Roche at the Limerick Neonatal Unit in University Maternity Hospital, Limerick.
Quads Alexander, Ashley, Maxwell and Kayla Downey; triplets Dáire, Liam and Aisling Cussen; twins Ashton and Leo Mulcahy; and singleton Maggie Roche at the Limerick Neonatal Unit in University Maternity Hospital, Limerick.

These 10 bundles of joy, who are snoozing snugly, are making history in the neonatal unit of the hospital where they were born.

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For the first time ever, University Hospital Limerick welcomed a set of quads, triplets, twins, and a single baby in the space of a few days.

The quads are Alexander, Ashley, Maxwell and Kayla. They are the first-born children of Fenton and her partner Wayne Downey from Caherconlish, Co Limerick. They were delivered in early October and are thriving.

Quads

Also wrapped up in cosy blankets are triplets Dáire, Liam and Aisling Cussen, who arrived on October 27 to parents Olive and William. They will shortly return home to Raheen in Limerick.

Twins Ashton and Leo Mulcahy were born on October 13 to mum Lydia O'Doherty and dad Calum Mulcahy from Annacotty.

The singleton in the angelic group is Maggie Roche of Charleville, Cork, who was born to Mairead and Kieran on October 26.

Neonatologist Dr Roy Philip said it is the first time the unit has looked after quads, triplets, twins and singletons at the same time.

"It is a special occasion for all of the team working here and it is a time of great joy for us as well as their parents," he said.

Irish Independent

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