"I'm so grateful I got to see her... I was able to say goodbye" - Woman discusses her experience of fatal foetal abnormality

Tanya Coonan spoke to Newstalk Lunchtime about her experience with fatal foetal abnormality

Families and women discussing their experience of fatal foetal abnormality has dominated the discussion on Newstalk Lunchtime this week.

On Monday, Amy Walsh and Yousef Hazimee spoke to the show about a journey which they hoped they would never have to take.

Tanya Coonan from Fethard in County Tipperary spoke to presenter Jonathan Healy today about her experience. She was expecting twins when she went for her twelve-week scan.

During an examination, Tanya and twin's father were told that one of the babies was in a ball and wouldn't survive the next week.

When she was called for another scan, the nurses discovered two strong heartbeats.

She stated: "They just said that she was in a position that would show that she wasn't going to survive. She wasn't showing any signs of continuing on.

Tanya then discussed the options she was given: "At that thirteen week scan when they had seen that there were two heartbeats and that she was still alive, the doctor that I was under the care of in Dublin, I was still lying on the table, she stood at the end of my bed and said that she wouldn't be doing her job if she wasn't going to offer me an abortion, to give me the option to go to the UK because she can't see this child surviving any longer. That she could be at risk to her twin sister.

"I immediately said no, I didn't ask for that option, that was nothing that I would ever want. That's not my place, to end my daughter's life. Ever."

The twins were delivered early and gave birth to twin girls. Baby Lily lived for two hours and ten minutes.

"She passed away in my arms. I wouldn't have had it any other way. I was able to tell her I loved her.

"I'm so grateful I got to see her. I was able to put a face to the name. I was able to say goodbye which most people would never be able to get.

"She was just perfect."

Tanya went on to discuss options available to women at the moment and how she felt about the services in Ireland.

You can listen to her interview here: