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Saturday 10 December 2016

4, 3, 2, 1 - the countdown to a special delivery

Quads, Triplets, Twins and Singleton in Limerick Neonatal Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL)
Quads, Triplets, Twins and Singleton in Limerick Neonatal Unit at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL)

This unique set of newborns - including quadruplets, triplets, twins, and a singleton - were all delivered within just days of one another.

Medical staff at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick are caring for the precious arrivals who were delivered last month.

Limerick photographer PJ Corbett was on hand to capture the moment when the unique 4-3-2-1 combination of premature newborns was brought together for a photo.

Privilege

It is the first time the Limerick unit has had the privilege of caring for a set of quads, triplets, twins and singletons who were delivered at the hospital all at the same time.

Lisa Fenton from Caherconlish, Co Limerick, made a little bit of history when she gave birth to the first set of quadruplets born in Limerick in 50 years on October 5. Alexander, Ashley, Maxwell and Kayla arrived into the world as the first children born to Ms Fenton and her partner Wayne Downey.

"The quads have been doing very well in the neonatal unit ever since," a hospital spokesperson stated.

If four together wasn't enough for the Limerick maternity team, triplets Daire, Liam and Aisling Cussen were born on October 27 to parents Olive and William.

"They will soon be strong enough to go home to Raheen, Co Limerick," the spokesperson said.

Two more joined the queue at the packed neonatal unit after Co Limerick twins, Ashton and Leo Mulcahy were born on October 13 to mum Lydia O'Doherty and dad Calum Mulcahy, from Annacotty.

Last but not least, representing the 12 tiny singletons currently being looked after in the neonatal unit is little Maggie Roche from Charleville, Co Cork, born to mum Mairead and dad Kieran on October 26.

"It was amazing to get all 10 babies together for a special photo," Clinical Nurse Manager Marie Carroll said.

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