REPUBLIC of Ireland footballer David Meyler has shared his joy after his wife gave birth to their second child on Tuesday following a series of miscarriages.
The Cork-born star's wife Cally – who gave birth to the couple's daughter Alanna back in 2016 – suffered three devastating miscarriages before falling pregnant again last year.
The tragedies left David, 29, questioning his future as a professional sportsman in early 2018.
Speaking last year, he said: "Most people are unaware of the fact that my wife had three miscarriages and it took its toll on me.
"There’s no point beating around the bush, at one stage last season I wanted to finish with football."
Honestly words can’t describe how emotional I am writing this post. Cally you are one hell of a women. After Alanna what you went through physical and emotional it’s all been worth it to get to this point in our life’s. We all love you so much ❤️ pic.twitter.com/W8CVVnU653
— DM 🇮🇪 (@DavidMeyler) 16 April 2019
But taking to Twitter today, David – who is the son of Cork hurling manager John Meyler – paid tribute to brave mum Cally as he shared a picture with their newborn child in hospital.
"Honestly words can’t describe how emotional I am writing this post. Cally you are one hell of a women," he wrote.
"After Alanna what you went through physical and emotional it’s all been worth it to get to this point in our lives. We all love you so much."
David will have plenty of time to spend with the new arrival as he is currently out injured for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder.
The midfielder, who has 26 caps for his country, is currently on loan at Coventry City from Reading but remains hopeful of forcing his way into the plans of new Ireland boss Mick McCarthy in the coming year.