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Sunday 17 December 2017

Thriving ... model boss Jules's baby girl Arian bounces back to health

THIS is the first picture of Jules Fallon's baby girl at home as she has bounced back to health.

The head of model agency First Options, Jules knows she is blessed to have a healthy baby after months of worry for herself and her husband Adrian Cook.

Almost four months old, Arian is now the little princess in the Fallon and Cook household.

Seriously ill Jules (40) was rushed to hospital with pre-eclampsia toxaemia and her little girl was delivered 12 weeks early.

Following an emergency C-section, the baby spent months in the intensive care unit at Holles Street.

Proud mum-of-three Jules has spoken openly about how the months between November and January were struggle for the family -- as Arian was just 2lb when she was born. "She is doing good, she now weighs 3.45kg (7lb 9oz) which is amazing as she left hospital on January 6 weighing 1.94kg (4lb 4oz)," Jules told the Herald.



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Arian will have to have surgery in Crumlin hospital and the family are still waiting on MRI results from Temple Street.

"Holles Street (Hospital) have called us regularly to see how we are both doing, which I find incredible," Jules said. "They still care even when we have been discharged."

But the little girl is now "thriving at home" in Dublin, thanks to the wonderful care given by the staff at the neonatal intensive care unit.

And big brothers Christian (6) and Sebastian (2) are thrilled to have their little sister home.

"We still have many medical appointments over the next two years but right now we are loving having her at home with our two sons who just adore her," Jules added. Jules described the last four months as "scary days" and it has been a particularly slow process to build up the little tot's strength after she was diagnosed with a hole in her heart and had to undergo a full blood transfusion.

Jules discovered she was pregnant on her 40th birthday and had a mainly healthy pregnancy. But she noticed something wasn't quite right with several weeks to go.

She was rushed to hospital and medics discovered the condition -- which basically means that the placenta was poisoning Jules.

"It was hit and miss for a while," she explained. "It's a severe disease and the only way to cure me was to take my baby out."

Doctors worked against the clock on an emergency C-section and it was just in time. Jules is full of praise for the new Master of Holles Street, Dr Rhona Mahony, and her staff for guiding her and her little baby through this tumultuous time.

"If it wasn't for Rhona and her team, I don't know if I would be talking to you," she said. "I don't know if my munchkin would be alive."

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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