Rollercoaster year for McMullan triplets

Thursday, 2 November 2017

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FOR the McMullan family, 2016 was a rollercoaster year.
From the joy that their last attempt at IVF was a success, to the sudden heartbreaking loss of a grandfather who never got to meet his 'ninja triplet' grandchildren, Barbara-Anne and Lyle, and their extended families, went through an emotional maelstrom.
After flying to Prague for their final round of IVF, the soon-to-be parents were beyond thrilled as early scans revealed they were set to welcome three babies.
It was to be a difficult pregnancy, fraught with anxiety after a previous miscarriage and Barbara-Anne and Lyle were on a knife edge as they checked off every single day on the countdown to meet Freddy, Charly and Lexy.
Concerns over foetal growth saw them potentially facing the worst possible scenario of losing one or more of their precious children and the main focus was to see the babies reach 28 weeks of gestation safely.
While Barbara-Anne cautiously took a 'one day at a time' approach, there can be no doubt that as a family, everyone was ecstatic at the prospect of welcoming the triplets.
Tragically, for Barbara-Anne's doting father, it was never to be.
Allan was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and died very suddenly from complications when his daughter was 23 weeks pregnant.
“It was so difficult, he was so excited about the triplets and he never had the chance to meet them," said Barbara-Anne.
* See this week's Antrim Guardian for a special feature on what has been a tumultuous year for the McMullan family.


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