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So Kin-d Kin's Emmett J Scanlan thanks people for their kindness during son's health scare

"Sidenote, I handled it well last night. I conducted myself through the medium of freaking out"


 Emmett J Scanlan

Emmett J Scanlan

Emmett J Scanlan

Kin star Emmett J Scanlan has taken to Twitter to thank a number of people who helped in a moment of crisis involving his young son Ocean-Torin.

To the nurse in A&E who looked after our baby boy so swiftly tonight, to the stranger in the carpark who helped us with our broken down car and my friend who drove to pick us up, you are the very best of people,” he tweeted. “Thank you.”

In reply to numerous messages offering him support, he added: “He’s good. Thanks for the messages gang. People proving once again their capacity for kindness.

“Sidenote, I handled it well last night. I conducted myself through the medium of freaking out. Made things so much easier for everyone. Thanks again.”

One person replied: “It's just awful for you when these things happen. I reckon many of us with little ones have done the hospital dash at least once, I know I have. I hope he's on the mend.”

Another added: “Hoping all is well and that your little lad is on the mend. It's so scary when our kids have to go hospital. Fair play to the lovely folk who helped ye out.”


Emmet J Scanlan photographed by Nina Val

Emmet J Scanlan photographed by Nina Val

Emmet J Scanlan photographed by Nina Val

One person said they “really hope Ocean is doing better today. it can be so scary when they’re not well. Even when things seem the darkest though the kindness of strangers can shine through.”

When Ocean-Torin was born in October 2020, Scanlan shared a social-media post, as part of National Baby Loss Awareness Week, in which he wrote: ‘July of last year we lost our baby and in the process my wife was left fighting for her life.

“Exactly 12 months later and after 40 hours of labour with an emergency C-section Ocean-Torin was born. The trauma her body and mind went through in that year is beyond anything I can possibly comprehend. Helpless, all I could do was hold her hand. And once again, I fell in love just a little bit more.”

"We lost our baby and she [Claire] almost lost her life,” he later told independent.ie. “It was a very, very difficult time, and then Ocean was born, the same month, a year later. That labour wasn’t without its complications, she had an emergency C-section, and it was terrifying, based on the previous experience.

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“I guess it’s something that you share, in case one person reads that and realises that there’s hope… I’m not very expressive when it comes to this… I thought it was important to do, and that it was more important than my selfish need to keep it to myself.

“You realise by talking to other people how common miscarriages are, how many other people have suffered it, and in a way it becomes this kind of counselling session between you and strangers, friends, family that you didn’t know went through the same thing.

"For some reason we don’t talk about them, and we should talk about them, we need to be able to do that, and we need to be able to feel we’re not alone.”

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