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Emma Lennon with daughter Kacey and partner David

Emma Lennon with daughter Kacey and partner David

Emma Lennon with daughter Kacey and partner David

A heavily pregnant mum of miracle identical triplets will only be able to see her premature babies for up to 30 minutes a day after birth, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Emma Lennon (31), who is due to give birth in two weeks' time, will be allowed to have her partner David Hopkins (32) by her side but only for the birth of their three daughters.

The anxious mum says that although she is devastated, she understands the restrictions are needed to keep her babies and hospital neonatal intensive care staff safe.

Emma and David, from Bettystown, Co Meath, fell pregnant naturally with identical triplets, an outcome that had a 200 million in one chance.

They had given up hope of having children after trying for two years, and then discovered they were expecting three identical daughters in an extremely rare pregnancy.

"I'm 28 weeks pregnant now and medics are hoping to bring me into hospital in two week," said Emma.

"The triplets are all doing really well. They are 2lb 10oz, 2lb 8oz and 1lb 15oz, but they are running out of space to move because they are all sharing the one sac.

"I've been told to prepare myself that once the babies are born, I'll be kept in too but I will only be able to see the triplets in the neonatal intensive care unit for between 15 to 30 minutes every day.

Vulnerable

"David will be allowed in for the birth but that's it. I had hoped my nine-year-old daughter Kacey would be able to see them through a window but she won't see them until they come home.

"I understand the measures are in place to protect the most vulnerable and I understand that the highly specialised staff in neonatal are like gold dust.

"If they go down with the coronavirus we will all suffer because we won't have their talent to look after us."

Emma said the situation is causing her some anxiety.

"It's been very emotional in the last few weeks.

"I have mammy guilt that David will be left to do everything and he's been brilliant already," she said.

"If I could write a list of what I needed, it's everything he's done.

"The hospital staff at both the Rotunda in Dublin, where I'll be giving birth, and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, have been fantastic," she added.