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'I always say he is my little miracle baby'

With Mothers' Day just around the corner, Yvonne Hogan meets the women whose path to parenthood was far from straightforward

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Nicola McNally with her son Aden. Photo: Arthur Carron

Nicola McNally with her son Aden. Photo: Arthur Carron

Nicola McNally with her son Aden. Photo: Arthur Carron

This Sunday is Mother's Day, when we celebrate the role mums play in the lives of their children. While of course it's an important day for every family, for some women it is particularly special. We spoke to three who shared their heart-warming stories of how, despite setbacks along the way, they ultimately realised their dream of becoming a mum.

A different path

Erica Algeo was 36 when she and her husband married, and straight away they began trying for a family. A paediatric nurse, Erica loved children and had always wanted to become a mum. But after three devastating miscarriages, they turned to inter-country adoption. And due to changes in the legal system, it was to be a further eight years before Erica, who was by now 46, finally met her little boy Dan, an adorable 21-month-old toddler in Ho Chi Minh City. The moment they met is etched on her memory.