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10th Nov 2016

Limerick Maternity Hospital Welcomes Quadruplets, Triplets And Twins

Alison Bough

Adare-based photographer PJ Corbett, who specialises in newborn photography, captured this unique image of quadruplets, triplets, and twins who were all recently born at the University Maternity Hospital in Limerick.

Staff at the busy maternity hospital’s neonatal unit say it is the first time they have looked after so many multiples at once.

Lisa Fenton and her partner Wayne Downey, from Caherconlish, got a very special delivery from the stork last month – welcoming quadruplets Alexander, Ashley, Maxwell, and Kayla. Just over a week later, Mum and Dad, Lydia O’Doherty and Calum Mulcahy from Annacotty, had twins Ashton and Leo. Two weeks after that, triplets Liam, Dáire, and Aisling arrived for Olive and William Cussen from Raheen.

Photographer PJ captured all of the multiples along with baby Maggie Roche who unusually arrived all by herself to proud parents Mairead and Kieran from Charleville in Cork.

UMHL’s Consultant Neonatologist, Dr Roy Philip, told The Irish Times it was a time of joy for both the hospital staff and parents:

“We have had the pleasure of looking after quadruplets, triplets, twins and singletons in the neonatal units at various times over the years but not as far as any of us are aware all at the same time in Limerick. It is a special occasion for all of the team working here and it is a time of great joy for us as well as their parents”

Dr. Philip praised the hard work of the clinical team at the specialist nineteen-cot neonatal unit:

“The dedication and teamwork of the antenatal, perinatal and neonatal clinical teams of our maternity hospital is reflected in the wellbeing of the babies and we are proud of it. It is a happy coincidence also to have them all here together as we get ready to mark World Prematurity Day on November 11th”

The hospital’s clinical nurse manager, Marie Carroll, added that all of the babies captured in the special image were doing well and should be home in time for Christmas. Extra stockings all round!