Viewers of ITV’s Lorraine slammed the breakfast show host after the presenter conducted an interview with two new parents. Lorraine, 62, hosted Manisha and Metaish Parmar on today’s show (March 15) to discuss their trip out of Ukraine.
In early February, the couple, originally from Luton, visited their surrogate mother in kyiv. They have suffered a lot of heartbreak trying to start a family over the years, with surrogacy being their only hope.
Speaking to Lorraine, Manisha said: “Life was normal there, nothing was going on…everything was also normal.” But, soon after Manisha and Metaish’s surrogate gave birth to twins, the family had to seek refuge in a dark bunker as war broke out.
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Manisha said: “IIt was very dangerous, we just had to take the risk and do whatever it took to save our six lives, because my in-laws were also with us. Metaish just said ‘Well, okay, that’s it, we have to go – no matter what happens, we just have to get out of Kyiv and go to Lviv.’
A ‘hero’ driver, whom the couple made godfather to their twins, took the family on a 17-hour trip across Ukraine so they could get official documents for the babies to flee the country. Manisha said: “We had to get emergency travel documents.
“We tried from day one when the war broke out to try to get these documents electronically, but the embassy didn’t have any. They said ‘our job is done, the documents are ready if you want to go out then you have to travel 17 hours to Lviv and be physically there to pick up the documents”.
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As the couple shared their story with Lorraine, viewers took to social media to slam Lorraine for not mentioning or interviewing the Ukrainian surrogate. Bella said: “#lorraine on TV talking about Ukrainian surrogacy without the biological mother…. @reallorraine”
“I may have missed it but I don’t think they asked about the safety of #Lorraine surrogates,” commented Shirley Maria. Stephanie wrote: “I feel a little uncomfortable about people using surrogacy in Ukraine. There are many more babies now trapped there, heartbreaking situation all around # Lorraine”
Ralph said: “#lorraine why didn’t they get the surrogate out? How can they say she’s fine and safe! She’s in a war zone….. ….!!”
A number of viewers expressed concern over the situation and said Lorraine did not ask about the surrogate. But the host asked Manisha and Metaish about their surrogate’s well-being.
She said: “I have to ask you obviously, of course the first thought is for you and the babies, but is your surrogate okay?”
Manisha clarified that the surrogate was safe, to which Lorraine replied, “Oh that’s great, because really that surrogacy was you two. You tried so hard and had such a heartbreak over the years to have children, and that was really your last hope. And of course it’s legal in Ukraine, they have very good laws in place regarding surrogacy.”
During the ordeal, the family had to travel in freezing conditions with the newborn twins to return to the UK. Manisha said, “Yeah, they’re just miracle war babies. Honestly, we’re really, really blessed to have them with us today.”
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