A DEVOTED Irish dad-to-be has gone viral after he was pictured waiting outside the window of the hospital where his wife was giving birth.
Gar Toohy from Limerick was photographed waiting nervously in the car park with a phone to his ear, speaking to his partner, while she was preparing to be induced.
Under Ireland’s Covid-19 rules there are restrictions on people visiting women due to give birth in hospital.
That left Gar with little choice but wait in the car park of Limerick Regional Maternity Hospital.
Facing a nervous wait, Gar took to Twitter to share a picture of his plight.
“Hours away from having our first child and there I am waving up at herself from outside the hospital on the street, where do you begin,” he wrote.
The post drew quite a reaction online with many impressed with Gar’s efforts, even if they did pale compared with the efforts of his partner actually giving birth.
Some even expressed frustration that Gar was unable to be at his wife’s side during the process.
Hours away from having our first child and there I am waving up at herself from outside the hospital on the street, where do you begin.. pic.twitter.com/GGyfRnf0X7
— Gar Toohey (@2hegar) May 5, 2021
“This is heart breaking,” one wrote.
“Every father has the right to be at the birth of his children.
“This is absurd,” another said.
“Time we started having common sense again and let people in.”
Incredibly, Gar waited outside the hospital in Limerick for 10 hours before updating his new followers on the situation.
He wrote: “Unfortunately she’s still up there on her own, has been induced so fingers crossed for a safe and healthy arrival during the night, waiting patiently on “the call” like everyone else here in the car park.
“Thanks for all the messages, main thing is baby and mother are supported.”
Here’s hoping it all goes well.