Sunday 18 February 2018

Nick's night at home - Xpose's Aisling's partner has short break with family before third chemotherapy session

TV3’s Aisling O’Loughlin with partner Nicholas MacInnes.
TV3’s Aisling O’Loughlin with partner Nicholas MacInnes.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Aisling O'Loughlin's partner Nicholas MacInnes is recovering at home for just a few hours this evening after two bouts of chemotherapy since Christmas.

The photographer, who has two children with the Xpose presenter, was diagnosed with leukemia in December and will return to hospital tonight to prepare for his third round of treatment next week.

 "The poor divil has just arrived home and I had to leave straightaway for work tonight at the Meath Style Awards," Xpose presenter Aisling O'Loughlin told

“He’s actually only out for a few hours. We thought it would be for the week but he’ll be back in hospital again later,"

“Because we’re playing things by year we can never get too excited about anything," she continued.

"But it's great for the kids to see him this evening. And the staff at St. Vincent's Hospital are great, they always want to make sure he's okay."

Nick returned to his home this evening after staying at St Vincent's Hospital for the last two months.

He was diagnosed at St.Vincent’s Hospital in early February after Aisling earlier insisted that he get an assessment while they brought their newborn for a check-up in Bray Medical Centre.

The couple have remained positive for their two young children, Patrick, two and four-month-old Louis.

"It's cruel, it's rotten really," Aisling said, "He's getting ready for his third round now but the last round of chemotherapy really wasn't that nice.

"But we just have to be practical about the siuation."

His younger brother Alex is ready to donate bone marrow to the 47-year-old if the chemotherapy he is receiving at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin fails to beat the cancer of the blood cells.

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Aisling McLoughlin, Nick MacInnes and baby Louis

His brother has visited a local hospital in Sydney to undergo blood samples to ensure his bone marrow is a match for his sick sibling.

‘‘Alex is the only person that can do it, not even a first cousin can give bone marrow and he is his only sibling,’’ the presenter explained.

The Xpose star has previously said the fact that Nick cannot see his two little boys while he receives treatment makes the situation difficult.

"They're so close. That's the hard part. Nick has minded Patrick from day one and children are not allowed into the wards because they're germ carriers,’’ she told just two weeks after his diagnosis.

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