A "devastated" dad has begged the Irish government to get his newborn triplets out of Kenya after a surrogacy service suddenly demanded more cash.
Edward O’Reilly, 33, has launched a desperate plea to bring his daughters home after they were born prematurely via surrogacy in Nairobi on September 1.
The father said he handed the agreed sum of €50,000 (£43,637) to the service, but once he arrived they made him pay a further €16,000 (£13,957).
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Things went from bad to worse after he was issued with a devastating hospital bill of €12,000 (£10,461.78) He was then told that he is also liable to pay an additional €11,000 (£9,591.15) to medics.
Despite being told that the initial payment covered the entire costs, the tearful dad says the demands are rising everyday, reports Dublin Live.
Edward said he pleaded with the Irish Embassy in Kenya for help while he was there but eventually left the country last week without his children.
He also told of a further distressing incident in which he was violently beaten on the streets and said he was left fearful for his life.
Edward said it will be easier to raise the funds in Ireland than in Kenya and said he plans on returning as soon as possible to get his kids home.
“Instead of getting on the plane with three babies, I’m coming back with three birth certs," he explained.
“I’ve come back to an apartment full of baby stuff, cots, prams, and clothing. I’ve just been looking at it all the last few days, I can’t explain the feeling. I’m devastated.
“Since I’ve come home, I’ve been crying myself to sleep. I pleaded with the Irish government, I have a video on my phone in the embassy saying, ‘Please give me help’ and there was nothing they could do. Obviously, I can’t blame the Irish Government for me putting myself in this situation but they could have handled it a little better.”
Edward said the Government was able to assist those fleeing the war in Ukraine but have failed to help him.
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He added: “I’m in my own war, I know the situation is different to the one in Ukraine but I’d rather be in a bombshell in Ukraine with my kids in my arms than have them 5,000 miles away from me, not knowing if they’re safe or not.”
Edward’s three children remain in a Kenyan hospital where they continue to receive treatment for being born prematurely, but he is fearful about what will happen to them if he doesn’t raise the money.
“I’m very worried, I’m scared. I’m petrified, I’m worried that my children are going to be taken out of the hospital," he continued.
“I’m 5,000 miles away and they’re in a hospital. That’s three Irish citizens, three babies who can’t speak for themselves or defend themselves.” At present, there are no laws governing surrogacy in Kenya.
The Department of Foreign Affairs told Dublin Live: “The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance. As with all consular cases, the Department does not comment on the details of any individual case.”
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