Rosanna Davison’s surrogate speaks about life in Ireland after fleeing Ukraine


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Rosanna Davison has spoken about the strong bond she has with her surrogate, who carried Sophia for nine months.

When war broke out in Ukraine there was no doubt in her mind that she would be bringing Anastasiia and her family to stay with them in Ireland.

In April, Anastasiia arrived in Ireland with her family and their pet husky.

Now, she has spoken about how “grateful” she is to be safe.


Speaking to Irish Country Magazine, Anastasiia explained: “I’m very grateful to [Rosanna and her family] for everything they’ve done, I cannot even find the words to describe how it was when we arrived here. Since that first day, they have helped us a lot.

“All of our family are still in Kherson, our parents, my sister with her small child, our grandparents. They do not want to leave because they are scared. They said to me, ‘You are young, it’s easy for you to start a new life.’”

Rosanna added that after Sophia was born, she knew she would always be so grateful to Anastasiia admitting: “I just remember thinking, if there is ever anything we can do to repay her.”

The former Miss Ireland previously told VIP Magazine: “They have kind of got their independence now. For the first few weeks, I was showing them where the dart is and showing them where to get buses that kind of thing.”

Rosanna Davison Pic: Brian McEvoy

“They have jobs, their little girl is in school. All the things you have to set up that you don’t reallyy think, SIM cards and bank accounts. All the things you don’t think about. They’re doing well, they’re exploring Ireland.”

She added that Sophia is loving having another girl in the house as she usually has two brothers running around.

“They have very limited English but they play. They always have playdates, yesterday they were painting and drawing,” she admitted.

“It’s amazing that children have this universal language of play. Sophia’s loving having the girl company because she has two brothers.”

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