Former Operation Transformation leader Jean Tierney has described the arrival of her new baby boy as "fourth time lucky" following several tragic years which saw the new mother suffering a miscarriage, an ectopic pregnancy and the loss of her third child, Sloane, just days after her birth.
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33-year-old Limerick native Jean, who was forced to drop out of this year's Operation Transformation after becoming pregnant earlier this year, appeared on Friday night’s Late Late Show with her fiancé Paddy and their new arrival Brayden, who is one month old today.
"Coming out of the hospital exactly a month ago, I said we’ve been coming here for four years and finally four years later we walk out of there with a very precious little boy." she said.
Speaking about losing her daughter Sloane shortly after her birth, Jean said, "We had an ectopic pregnancy in 2015 and then we got pregnant with Sloane and then last January 22 2018, Sloane was born, a beautiful little girl.
"She was born on a Monday but as the day went on she became sick and by Wednesday morning we knew it was quite serious and there was not much more Limerick Maternity Hospital could do."
"We've always been taught that if something happens, you can use it to tell a story and maybe help others."
After doctors appealed for help from specialists around the world, Sloane was flown to a hospital in Sweden but sadly passed away on the following Friday after they found there was nothing further they could do.
"We look at the best of every situation and thankfully they flew her home to be with us and she passed away on the Friday."
Jean captured the hearts of the nation when she then went on Operation Transformation and told her story. Asked by Ryan Tubridy why she decided to take part in the show, she said; "I think I’m very lucky because I have a beautiful partner, a beautiful child, I also had another beautiful little girl, and I’m surrounded by fantastic family and friends and we’ve always been taught that if something happens, you can use it to tell a story and maybe help others.
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"I found it very hard to figure out why all this was happening to us because I think we’re good people. Why we were dealt such hard cards, all we wanted was a little baby to love and after Sloane, I had a miscarriage and I was like `man, give us a break!’ and I had to admit the positivity dropped a little bit and I felt like I’d lost a bit of my soul.
"I needed to do something so I thought that by going on Operation Transformation I could get myself back but also there’s nothing wrong with talking about losing a baby."
Describing her pregnancy with Brayden, she added, "I was very nervous. He made sure that I knew I carried him for nine months!
"I puked every single night, he kicked the living daylights out of me. Poor Paddy went through every bit of it as well! I know there are other women who’ve been through this too - who’ve lost children and are going through a pregnancy again.
"It’s OK to put up your hand. We still had that fear when he was born whether everything was going to be OK because our history had taught us that it might not be OK."
Jean and Paddy’s Late Late Show appearance ended on another high when they announced that they are getting married this New Year’s Eve.
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