Rosanna Davison has opened up about the challenging journey to welcoming her Ukrainian surrogate and her family to Ireland.
When the war in Ukraine broke out in February Rosanna immediately contacted her eldest daughter, Sophia’s surrogate, who is a Ukrainian native, and told her that she was welcome to seek safety in Rosanna’s home in Ireland.
Now, some months later the surrogate, her daughter, dog, and a family member have made it to Ireland. Chatting on last weekend’s The Late Late Show Rosanna says that it was no easy task to get them all here, but they made it happen regardless.
“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,” she began telling Ryan.
“This is the woman who I spoke about on the show previously, she gave birth to our daughter Sophia. She was our gestational surrogate”
Continuing on, Rosanna said that after some weeks Anastasia managed to leave her war-torn country and arrive safely with her family in Poland, where she decided to contact Rosanna for help.
“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”
“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.”
Now, Rosanna says that the family is settling into Irish life as well as they can, with this now being their home away from home for the time being.
“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.”
For Rosanna, she says that the decision to help her surrogate seek refuge was simple, she owed her one.
“You know, she gave us the greatest gift imaginable, so we wanted to do something for her.”