Rosanna Davison has opened up about the “logistical challenge” of getting her Ukrainian surrogate to Ireland.
The former Miss World recently welcomed her surrogate Anastasia, who carried her first child Sophia, and her family to Ireland amid Russia’s invasion of their home country.
Speaking on The Late Late Show on Friday night, the 38-year-old revealed how Anastasia and her family are settling in to their new home.
Rosanna told host Ryan Tubridy: “Our surrogate over in Ukraine, I contacted her at the beginning of the war and said she was very welcome to come to Ireland if she could get out of the country.
“This is the woman who I spoke about on the show previously, she gave birth to our daughter Sophia. She was our gestational surrogate.”
“So, you know, she gave us the greatest gift imaginable, so we wanted to do something for her.”
“So she contacted me then in April and said that she had managed to bring her daughter, family member and dog over to the Polish border and what to do next.”
Rosanna continued: “So it was a bit of a logistical challenge to get them all over with the dog onto the plane, but we did it, we got her here a month ago.”
“And they’re settling in very well. I mean, just the overwhelming support and generosity from everybody.”
“I mean, from the community to just friends of mine to family. Everybody has been so welcoming. We felt it was important to help them.”
Earlier this month, the mother-of-three told her followers that her Ukrainian surrogate had arrived safely in Ireland.
Sharing a photo of them at Dublin Airport, she wrote: “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 ❤️.”
“@wesquirke and I first met this incredibly brave, 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!”
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“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 concluded the post by writing: “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 ❤️.”