Tuesday 20 March 2018

Chemotherapy patient Nick keeps in touch with boys on Skype from hospital bed – Aisling O'Loughlin

TV3’s Aisling O’Loughlin with partner Nicholas MacInnes.
TV3’s Aisling O’Loughlin with partner Nicholas MacInnes.
Xpose presenters (L to R) Lisa Cannon, Karen Koster and Aisling O'Loughlin are three of Ireland's best known tv stars
Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin
Tv3 Autumn 2013 Schedule launch at Tv3's Sony Hd Studio in Ballymount Dublin Xpose's Aisling O Loughlin Pictures:Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use

Eimear Rabbitte

TV3 star Aisling O'Loughlin has said she is preparing herself for the prospect that her partner may need a bone marrow transplant.

The popular presenter has endured a torrid few months after her other half, Nick MacInnes, was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Aisling is now hoping that Nick, who is due to undergo two bouts of chemotherapy before doctors reassess the situation, will then get the all-clear.

However, if the father of her two children does need further treatment, the Xpose host said that undergoing a bone marrow transplant will be the next step.


Despite her concern, Aisling remains optimistic and said her family would get through it as they still made time to have fun together.

“If it does come back, it will be a bone marrow transplant, but we'll deal with that when we get to it,” she said.

“Even when things are bad, people forget that the world still turns. Our spirits are up and we still have fun together as a family.”

In fact, the mum of two told the Herald that she and Nick act so normal that they still bicker and talk about the everyday, mundane aspects of life. “You would imagine that we walk on eggshells, but the world still spins and we still talk about the everyday stuff,” she said.

“Skype is brilliant for Nick to stay in touch with his sons. He can't see the boys when he is in the hospital so modern technology is great.”

Aisling McLoughlin, Nick MacInnes and baby Louis

Aisling O'Loughlin, her partner Nick, and baby Louis

The 35-year-old admitted she is nervous ahead of her return to full-time work after several months off bonding with her sons, Patrick Nicholas (2) and four-month-old Louis.

She was glad her maternity leave following the birth of baby Louis Alexander coincided with Nick's diagnosis, but she will now find it especially difficult to leave them behind.

Aisling, who will return to work in May after six months’ maternity leave, told the Herald that she would love to take more time off if it was financially possible.

Photographer Nick is currently at home as he prepares to undergo chemotherapy for a third time, and Aisling says she is confident of him making a complete recovery.

Irish Independent

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