Tuesday 16 July 2019

Twins' early arrival was seriously scary: Nicky Byrne

Family: Nicky with father-in-law Bertie and wife Georgina and the twins in 2007
Family: Nicky with father-in-law Bertie and wife Georgina and the twins in 2007
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTÉ presenter Nicky Byrne said that his world was "thrown into chaos" after his twins were born more than eight weeks' premature.

He and wife Georgina were left going through a "seriously scary time" after their now 10-year-old boys Rocco and Jay decided to arrive in the world early.

Nicky Byrne's wife Georgina with their twin boys Rocco and Jay (9) and daughter Gia (2) at Dublin Airport yesterday Photo: Mark Doyle
Nicky Byrne's wife Georgina with their twin boys Rocco and Jay (9) and daughter Gia (2) at Dublin Airport yesterday Photo: Mark Doyle

Rocco weighed only 2lb 13oz, while Jay was a little heavier, at 3lb 11oz.

But Byrne said they were lucky they didn't suffer from more serious health complications.

"They can be blind, they can be deaf, there's all sorts of problems. Thankfully, Rocco and Jay were just underweight and they were fine. They put on weight very quickly," he said. "But it's an amazingly tough time."

The twins spent more than four weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit in Holles Street, while their worried parents kept a daily vigil, until they finally reached 5lb in weight, and their parents were allowed to bring them both home.

Georgia Tallon (2), from Clonsilla, Dublin, at the celebration of World Prematurity Day at the Rotunda Hospital. Photo: Jason Clarke
Georgia Tallon (2), from Clonsilla, Dublin, at the celebration of World Prematurity Day at the Rotunda Hospital. Photo: Jason Clarke

Byrne was speaking at the National Maternity Hospital Foundation at Holles Street for the World Prematurity Day, attended by other families and Health Minister Simon Harris.

Irish Independent

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