Singer Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina have opened up to EVOKE.ie about the birth of their premature twins ten years ago.
The couple welcomed fraternal twins Jay and Rocco in April 2007.
‘Ten and half years ago our world was thrown into chaos,’ he said. ‘Georgina was pregnant with twins and I was on a tour at the time.’
‘We’d just finished the European and UK legs of it and we were about to do a long run in the old Point Depot.
‘Georgina had two months plus to go on her pregnancy and she went in [to Holles St] for observation and they showed us around Unit 8. And we just thought they were giving us a tour.’
‘Georgina called me about 6am that morning and said “I’m in labour” and the twins were born about 9 that morning.’
But they were born 8 weeks and 2 days premature. They were in Unit 8, which is ICU.
‘They were in incubators. There was nothing we could do, Georgina was in recovery, the show must go on.
‘So I went and did the gig and that was our life then for six weeks, in and out.’
‘Nothing prepares you for that. We were both brokenhearted. Georgina would go home and express and then we’d bring the milk in and feed the boys.
‘They were weighed every night and they can’t really leave the hospital until they are over five pounds so Rocco was 2 pound 13 when he was born and Jay was 3 pound 11.
‘I think they were four or five weeks in hospital and we got Jay home first. And then a week later we got a phonecall to say Rocco was ready.
‘We went in together to get him and I got done for speeding on the way in!’
‘It was an amazingly tough time. When I was in there I met parents from all over the country who had nowhere to stay and slept in cars.
The boys are great now. They didn’t have any problems thankfully. They put on weight very quickly.’
Nicky was at the National Maternity Hospital Foundation coffee morning at Holles Street to celebrate World Prematurity Day on Friday 17th November 2017 and World Prematurity Month all November, supported by WaterWipes.
Drogheda based Irish Company WaterWipes has produced special “donate packs” for Prematurity Awareness Month.
For every 60 pack sold, WaterWipes will donate 50c to the NMH Foundation and this will add to the total donation of €40,000 WaterWipes will make this year.