Irish former Miss World invited Ukrainian surrogate to live with her

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Former Miss World Rosanna Davison has revealed that she offered her Ukrainian surrogate and her daughter the opportunity to live with her after becoming worried about the escalating war.

The mother-of-three, who welcomed her daughter Sophia via surrogate in 2019, explained that she and husband Wes Quirke are worried about the safety of their surrogate who’s unable to leave Kherson because Russian troops have seized the city.

Dublin-based Rosanna said her surrogate has running water but food is starting to run out and gunfire can be heard outside where she is sheltering with her four-year-old daughter. 

‘I’ve invited her to bring her daughter to Ireland to live with us,’ Rosanna told The Independent

‘All I can do is keep in touch with her, and she knows that she has a safe place to come to if she can leave the country.’ 

Rosanna Davison, 37, (pictured) who lives in Dublin, offered her Ukrainian surrogate and her four-year-old daughter the opportunity to live with her

Rosanna Davison, 37, (pictured) who lives in Dublin, offered her Ukrainian surrogate and her four-year-old daughter the opportunity to live with her

‘We care about her hugely and of course, if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t have Sophia. She’s an amazing person.’ 

Rosanna and Wes welcomed Sophia Rose Quirke via a gestational surrogate, which means the surrogate carries an embryo created using the parents’ egg and sperm, but is not genetically related to the baby.

A year later, the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh naturally conceived identical twins Oscar and Hugo. 

The mother-of-three said she got to know Kyiv ‘very well’ during her surrogacy journey, which took place after 14 miscarriages.   

Rosanna said her surrogate, who is in the seized city of Kherson, has running water but food is starting to run out. Pictured: Rosanna with her children

Rosanna said her surrogate, who is in the seized city of Kherson, has running water but food is starting to run out. Pictured: Rosanna with her children 

Rosanna took to Instagram with a photo to mark the three-year anniversary of her surrogacy egg retrieval in Kyiv (pictured) just days before the conflict began

Rosanna took to Instagram with a photo to mark the three-year anniversary of her surrogacy egg retrieval in Kyiv (pictured) just days before the conflict began 

Rosanna revealed their daughter’s name was inspired by their stay close to St. Sophia’s Cathedral and their desire to remember the ‘challenging journey’ they had to have her. 

Medical experts were unable to explain Rosanna’s miscarriages and told the couple surrogacy abroad would be the best option for fulfilling their desire of becoming parents. 

It was suggested that an over-active immune system, had been the cause of her body rejecting embryos.

Rosanna (pictured) had 14 miscarriages before she travelled abroad to have a baby via surrogate in 2019

Rosanna (pictured) had 14 miscarriages before she travelled abroad to have a baby via surrogate in 2019

The former Miss World took to Instagram to mark the three-year anniversary of her surrogacy egg retrieval in Kyiv with a photo alongside her husband, just days before the conflict in Ukraine began.  

Rosanna has since been posting her support for the people of Ukraine and has mentioned Irish Families Through Surrogacy on her Instagram story.

The organisation has been liaising with families who are trying to get their surrogates to Ireland for refuge.

Some 400 surrogate mothers from the war-torn country could be given new homes in Ireland after the Department of Justice relaxed its entry requirements for Ukrainians.  

Today, Rosanna took to Instagram to share a'light distraction' from her ongoing worry about her friends in Ukraine

Today, Rosanna took to Instagram to share a ‘light distraction’ from her ongoing worry about her friends in Ukraine 

Rosanna has been campaigning for people to donate resources to organisations that are providing resources to the people affected by the war.

In the caption of a post designed by design student @bazgramsobie, she wrote: ‘#istandwithukraine in solidarity and support 

‘If you’d like to help the people of #Ukraine by donating what you can, here’s a list of organisations providing crisis support. Please share any others you know of.

‘@unicefireland is supplying water, medical and other emergency supplies to families in Ukraine near the contact line – unicef.ie to donate.

‘@britishredcross has launched their Ukraine Crisis Appeal to offer food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter – Redcross.uk.org

‘@Novaukraine Is a nonprofit that provides citizens with baby and hygiene products, clothes and household supplies – novaukraine.org

‘@peopleinneedcz is providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian people, including emergency shelter, food and safe drinking water – peopleinneed.net

‘@irishredcross are taking donations to help repair vital infrastructure, support health facilities and help families with life-saving food and hygiene items through Revolut and redcross.ie’ 

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