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Former Miss World Rosanna Davison reveals her Ukrainian surrogate has arrived in Ireland

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Former Miss World Rosanna Davison reveals her Ukrainian surrogate has arrived in Ireland

Rosanna Davison has revealed that her Ukrainian surrogate is settling into life in Ireland as war continues to rage in her home country.

Former Miss World, 38, from Dublin, who welcomed her daughter Sophia via surrogate in 2019, admitted she and husband Wes Quirke were worried about Anastasia when the war in Ukraine began.

The mother-of-three said Anastasia and her family have finally arrived in Ireland after having struggle with everyday life when Russian troops seized the city of Kherson.

Rosanna told The Independent that Sophie has been playing with Anastasia’s daughter Mailana, saying: ‘[It’s] surreal seeing Sophia getting to know her surrogate.

‘Obviously, in the future, I will be able to tell her the whole story, but it’s been an emotional time and a busy time too.’ 

In an Instagram post, she said that Anastasia and her family had arrived after a ‘huge logistical challenge’ and it had taken her two months to escape Kherson for Ireland via Germany and Poland.  

Rosanna Davison, 38, (pictured) from Dublin, has revealed that her daughter is bonding with her surrogate Anastasia (centre) and her family since she arrived from Ukraine

Posting on Instagram, Rosanna said Anastasia had a 'long and traumatic' journey out of Ukraine to join her in Ireland

Posting on Instagram, Rosanna said Anastasia had a ‘long and traumatic’ journey out of Ukraine to join her in Ireland 

The beauty queen, who is the daughter of singer Chris de Burgh, also thanked her ‘wonderful parents’ for their help in getting Anastasia and her family to Dublin. 

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.

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

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 and Wesley tied the knot in 2014, a year after getting engaged abroad with a ring estimated to cost around £32,000. 

Rosanna said it was 'heartwarming' to be reconnected to Anastasia after not expecting to see her in person again after the birth of her daughter (pictured)

Rosanna said it was ‘heartwarming’ to be reconnected to Anastasia after not expecting to see her in person again after the birth of her daughter (pictured)

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. 

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.

She admitted to being worried about Anastasia once the war begun as gunfire could be heard when she called the mother who was starting to run out of water while sheltering with four-year-old daughter. 

Rosanna reassured Anastasia that she would be welcome to stay 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 said. 

Rosanna has been showing support for the people of Ukraine and mentioning 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. 

In March, hundreds of families were faced with the desperate situation of not being able to reach their newborns in Ukraine. 

Normally, parents would be required to travel to Ukraine ahead of the birth and complete relevant paperwork before taking their children home. 

But volunteer nurses said only two couples, one from Germany, one from Argentina, had made the journey so far to collect their children. 

Growing Families was contacted by more than 100 couples from 12 countries seeking assistance. In addition to concerns surrounding their babies, there are also fears for the embryos they have in storage. 

Sam Everingham, global director of Growing Families, told i:’Some of the surrogates don’t have passports and many of them are unable to leave because the Ukrainian government has banned men aged between 18 and 60 from leaving the country and they don’t want to leave them behind.

‘These women have their whole lives in Ukraine and some don’t want to relocate from their social and support networks.’

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

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

Rosanna said it was ‘heartwarming’ to be reconnected to Anastasia after not expecting to see her in person again after the birth of her Sophia. 

She took to Instagram to announce her surrogate’s arrival in Ireland in a post that has racked up almost 4,000 likes.

Rosanna shared a photograph taken at Dublin airport, writing: A good news story. On April 25th, after a long and traumatic journey out of Ukraine, my daughter’s gestational surrogate @anastasiia.berezan arrived safely into Ireland with her family. Their bravery and strength is unbelievable.

‘@wesquirke and I first met this incredibly kind woman in Kyiv in 2019 just before she gave birth to our little girl, Sophia. At the time, we couldn’t even find the words to express our gratitude for giving us our much longed-for baby, so when the war began back in February, we offered her a safe home in Ireland. 

‘She gave us the greatest gift of all and now it was our turn to help her. It took two months to finally escape Kherson City in the south of Ukraine and it was a huge logistical challenge to get them from Poland to Germany and then to Ireland with their husky! 

‘But we did it with the help of some very generous, compassionate people, including my wonderful parents.

‘And lots of my friends have been so generous with their time and support – you know who you are and I can’t thank you enough!

Rosanna said Anastasia and her family have been settling into a new home in Ireland. Pictured: Rosanna with her children

Rosanna said Anastasia and her family have been settling into a new home in Ireland. Pictured: Rosanna with her children 

‘They’ve been settling into their new home in Ireland and finding their way around too. There’s been so much support in the community for Ukrainian families in Ireland, and they really appreciate all of the kindness. Irish people are truly amazing.’

Many commenters admitted they were touched by Rosanna’s gesture and shared well wishes for Anastasia’s future in Ireland.  

One person wrote: ‘Oh my God Rosie I am lost for words. You are truly amazing. I’m in tears here. You are a fabulous young woman, your entire family are incredible. Please send them my love and gratitude for your kindness. Made my weekend.’

‘Wow well done Rosanna such a beautiful and commendable way to say thank you to her for all she has given you. You’re one of the good ones Rosanna,’ another said.

A third added: ‘What a wonderful way for you to give back. She gave you the most precious little life and in return you saved hers.’

A stream of commenters praised Rosanna for helping Anastasia as war continues in Ukraine

A stream of commenters praised Rosanna for helping Anastasia as war continues in Ukraine 

How American premature twins born to a Ukrainian surrogate escaped the war in incubators

A set of American premature twin brothers born in a Kyiv hospital made it to Poland after being evacuated from the war in incubators by a US military veteran and team of medical experts in an extraordinary mission dubbed operation Gemini.

Lenny and Moishe Spektor were born on February 25th – hours after Putin launched his first assault on Russia – in a children’s hospital in Kyiv. The hospital floor they were delivered on no longer exists: it was shelled days after they were moved to a different facility.

The boys, who weighed 4lbs each when they were born, are the sons of Sasha Spektor and his wife. 

Evacuated: Lenny and Moishe Spektor were born on February 25th - hours after Putin launched his first assault on Russia - in a children's hospital in Kyiv. The hospital floor they were delivered on no longer exists: it was shelled days after they were moved to a different facility. They are shown above in the Polish hospital where they are gaining weight. The boys will return to the US with their father when they are strong enough

Evacuated: Lenny and Moishe Spektor were born on February 25th – hours after Putin launched his first assault on Russia – in a children’s hospital in Kyiv. The hospital floor they were delivered on no longer exists: it was shelled days after they were moved to a different facility. They are shown above in the Polish hospital where they are gaining weight. The boys will return to the US with their father when they are strong enough

Sasha, 46, was born in Ukraine but emigrated to Chicago as a Jewish refugee in 1989. He now teaches Russian literature at The University of Georgia.

The couple worked with a Ukrainian surrogacy agency which matched them with Katerina, young Ukrainian mother with a six-year-old son of her own.

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Sasha told how Katerina was rushed to the hospital while 27 weeks pregnant with the twins due to complications. 

Rescue mission: Sasha Spektor, the boys' father, is shown center in a medical gown next to Lt. Commander Bryan Stern, who arranged the mission to get them out. To the right is Olga, the head of the ambulance crew

Rescue mission: Sasha Spektor, the boys’ father, is shown center in a medical gown next to Lt. Commander Bryan Stern, who arranged the mission to get them out. To the right is Olga, the head of the ambulance crew 

She was still there when the shelling began, and took shelter in the basement of a church with the premature babies at night.  

Katerina was transported in ambulances under shelling and made it across the border to Poland. Sasha flew out to meet his newborn children and his wife followed shortly afterwards. 

The babies were transported with the help of Project Dynamo founder Bryan Stern, a Lieutenant Commander of the US Army and Navy.

It is not known whether the baby remain in Poland but it is thought they required more care before flying to the US.  

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