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Heartbroken Couple who spent €70k to have surrogate twins face huge bill to ensure mum legally recognised

'It is a situation that has the potential to cause all sorts of problems, simple things that we never anticipated'

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Mary and the girls

Mary and the girls

Mary and the girls

A couple who spent €70,000 on having twins through a surrogacy clinic now face forking out thousands more in a lengthy court battle to ensure the state here legally recognises the woman as the children's mother.

When Trevor, (58), and Mary (41), Jones from Lyreacrompane in Kerry discovered they were unable to have children they went through a course of IVF treatment that proved unsuccessful and were unable to adopt due to Trevor being so much older than his wife.

The couple then opted to use a surrogate mother and used a clinic in the Ukraine where two years ago twins Eimear and Grace were born.

The births were registered in the Ukraine and Mary is listed as the mother on the Ukranian birth cert, but because she is not their biological mother she cannot be registered as such here.

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The twins

The twins

The twins

A heartbroken Mary told Sundayworld.com: "It is a situation that has the potential to cause all sorts of problems, simple things that we never anticipated.

"For example, if we had a medical emergency with one of the kids and Trevor wasn't available because I am not legally seen as their Mum I cannot sign a consent form for them to have surgery.

"When we were in the Ukraine we were trying to sort this out with the Irish Consulate and even went to the expense of hiring an interpreter as only one person in the Consulate spoke English and they were not always there, we ended up spending three months longer there than we intended and got nowhere with it.

"Trevor has even been forced to do a DNA test to satisfy authorities here that he is the twin's Dad, they have accepted that now, but they won't permit me to be registered as their mum.

"The girls know I am their Mammy, they call me Mammy, but officially and legally I'm not.

"Including the surrogacy fee and the legal bills we have racked up so far we are closing in on spending €100k, but we have to fight on for the girl's sake, we have been advised the whole thing could end up in the high court which is costly, but it is a fight we have to win."

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