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‘This is such a happy story… our twins are beautiful’

Kidney transplant patient Ionela Majdik tells Caoimhe Young about her two little miracles, who were born at just 25 weeks, and the amazing care they all received at the Rotunda Hospital


Ionela and husband Vasile at home with the twins

Ionela and husband Vasile at home with the twins

Adam in hospital

Adam in hospital


Ionela and husband Vasile at home with the twins

Beaming twin mum Ioana Majdik says Irish doctors are her ‘gods and her family’ because they made her pregnancy possible and kept her premature tots alive.

Her dream of becoming a mum became a reality - even though she is a kidney transplant patient – but twins Adam and Arya, weighed just 1.9lbs and 1.3lbs, when they were born.

The general nurse, who lives in Balbriggan, Dublin had a c-section at 25 weeks (about 5 and a half months) and spent the first 95 days (about 3 months) of their little lives in ICU in the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin.

She says: “Adam and Arya are great, they are healthy, and my story is beautiful. They are two years and one month now from the date of their premature birth.

“It was a natural pregnancy, and we did not ever expect to get pregnant. In my country I had a kidney transplant, we are from Romania and back in our country nobody would give us a chance to have a baby. I was born with a small kidney and spent years on dialysis.


Adam in hospital

Adam in hospital

Adam in hospital

“My kidney doctors changed my medication here in Ireland and made it possible.

“It was a little bit scary for me to get pregnant. I just thought if it happened, it happened but after only eight or nine weeks I got pregnant. I was terribly busy and so was my husband, I was working as a nurse and my husband was busy too, he is manager for 3Mobile. We could not believe we were pregnant.

“We went into the Rotunda Maternity Hospital to check everything was okay and I was so scared.

“There were no twins in our family and then there on the scan there were twins. It was the second miracle in my life.”

The beautiful mum was a high-risk pregnancy because of her kidney transplant and her little girl Arya began to struggle after five months in the womb.

“I was feeling well but the doctor saw that Airai’s chord did not have a good blood flow, she did not have enough blood, enough food and enough nutrients

“So, we kept checking and I was crying a lot and I was upset, and the medication was making my blood pressure high, so I was admitted for two weeks before a C-section and in those two weeks they did everything for me and my baby alive.

“On November 6, I had a C-section and even if I am nurse – never in my life had I seen such small babies and such translucent skin. There were a lot of doctors, the twins were so small I could not touch them in the incubator

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“The nurses sent me pics and they had me send a little bit of milk for both and I was incredibly happy to be able to give my babies. They checked my kidney as well and everything was fine after a few weeks

“Being alone here was such a tough time, we have friends here, but they are not family – our family

“We had such a lot of tests and the medical team all looked after me so well. It is such a beautiful story. My kidney doctors were in the Mater Hospital, and they reduced my medication so I could get pregnant and then I went to the Rotunda, and I had to go to the hospital many times to make sure I was okay.”

After two weeks sleeping in the Rotunda, the new mum made the decision to start going home at night, but she spent all day, every day, minding her babies to make them strong.

“Every day until 9am to 11pm I stayed near them, and I give them a bath. They teach me so many things in the hospital. They were my family. From the porter at the door to the lady at reception to the nurse at the incubator, they were all so good to me.

“The kids will go to nursery next year and I think I will make friends; they are doing a lot of things and say mama and daddy all day long.

Ours is such a happy story and they are doing such an amazing job on the Rotunda. I love them, I appreciate them, they are family.”

  • Help support the purchase of vital equipment for the Rotunda NICU, which will help babies like Adam and Arya Majdik. Donations can be made at idonate.ie/rotundaNICU.Any funds raised will go towards a LifeStart machine that enables bedside resuscitation and stabilisation of babies immediately after birth with the umbilical cord intact to allow optimal cord clamping.

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