Rosanna Davison helped her Ukrainian surrogate and her family flee to Ireland last year, the model has revealed to Newstalk’s Life and Leadership podcast.
Rosanna has previously spoken about her fertility issues and the “traumatic” and “lonely” experience of miscarrying 14 times.
Eventually, she and her husband decided to go down the surrogacy route in Ukraine but it was not an easy decision.
“I was really grappling with the idea of another woman being pregnant with my child thousands of miles away,” she said.
“I felt horrified at the beginning of another woman having my pregnancy, so I just felt it would be easier to take the human relationship element out of it and follow the commercial surrogacy side.”
After Sophia was born, Nastia and Rossanna continued to message each other occasionally but they wondered if they would ever see each other again.
The Russian invasion changed that assumption and the world forever.
“When the war broke out, I contacted her and said, ‘Come to Ireland, we’ll get you somewhere to live, we’ll look after you. You helped us when we needed you, so it’s our turn to help you out.’”
Nastia and her family arrived in April and Rosanna set them up with an apartment and a local job.
“It’s sort of the story that kept on giving,” she said.
“I’m just so grateful that we were able to look after her and her family.”
You can listen to the full podcast when it is uploaded here.
Main image: Rosanna. Picture by: RollingNews.ie