Pregnant Kourtney Kardashian, 44, reveals she needed ‘urgent fetal surgery’ to save her unborn baby’s life as she breaks silence after being rushed to hospital
- The 44-year-old reality star took to Instagram to share a black and white snap of she and her 47-year-old musician husband holding hands on a hospital bed
- She wrote: ‘As someone who has had three really easy pregnancies in the past, I wasn’t prepared for the fear of rushing into urgent fetal surgery’
- On Friday, Travis’ band Blink-182 announced postponement of some European tour dates because of an ‘urgent family matter’ that forced him to dash home
- READ MORE: Kourtney Kardashian admitted to hospital during final trimester of pregnancy
Kourtney Kardashian has praised doctors for ‘saving her baby’s life’ as she breaks silence after being rushed to the hospital during the final trimester of pregnancy prompting husband Travis Barker to abruptly flee his band’s European tour.
The 44-year-old reality star – who is said to be ‘feeling better’ – took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a black and white snap of she and her 47-year-old musician husband holding hands on a hospital bed.
She captioned the image to her 224million followers: ‘I will be forever grateful to my incredible doctors for saving our baby’s life.
‘I am eternally grateful to my husband who rushed to my side from tour to be with me in the hospital and take care of me afterwards, my rock. And to my mom, thank you for holding my hand through this.’
Kourtney then went on to reveal that despite having pregnancy complications before she still wasn’t ready for what had happened.
‘Praise be to God’: Kourtney Kardashian has praised doctors for ‘saving her baby’s life’ as she breaks silence after being rushed to the hospital during the final trimester of pregnancy prompting husband Travis Barker to abruptly flee his band’s European tour
‘I am eternally grateful to my husband’: The 44-year-old reality star took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a black and white snap of she and her 47-year-old musician husband holding hands on a hospital bed
The mother-of-three continued: ‘As someone who has had three really easy pregnancies in the past, I wasn’t prepared for the fear of rushing into urgent fetal surgery.
‘I don’t think anyone who hasn’t been through a similar situation can begin to understand that feeling of fear. I have a whole new understanding and respect for the mamas who have had to fight for their babies while pregnant.
‘Praise be to God. Walking out of the hospital with my baby boy in my tummy and safe was the truest blessing.’
On Friday, Travis’ band Blink-182 announced the postponement of some European tour dates because of an ‘urgent family matter’ that forced him to dash home.
Travis commented on the post: ‘God is great. I flew home for a life-threatening emergency surgery for our baby that I’m so grateful went well. I want to say thank you for all the support. Tour resumes Friday.’
This came after news that Kourtney is doing ‘better’ and has now returned home following a short hospital visit.
An insider told People the reality star is ‘back home now with her kids’ after she was pictured departing a Los Angeles-area hospital with her husband Travis
‘She is feeling better. She is happy to have Travis back home too,’ the source added.
The following day, Kourtney, who went public with her pregnancy in June, was seen leaving the hospital with Travis and clambering into an SUV.
‘Feeling better’: It was reported recently that Kourtney is doing ‘better’ and now home following a brief hospital visit; pictured departing the LA-area hospital with her husband on Saturday
What is fetal surgery?
Fetal surgery is a procedure performed on an unborn baby (fetus) in the uterus (in utero) to help improve the long-term outcome of children with specific birth defects. Because these defects often worsen as a fetus develops, fetal surgery done by a team of experts focuses on treating and improving the conditions before birth.
Comprehensive health centers that have fetal surgery expertise and experience can treat many birth defects in utero, including:
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Bronchopulmonary sequestration of the lung
- Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) of the lung
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
- Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS)
- Fetal anemia
- Lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO)
- Mediastinal teratoma
- Neck mass
- Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)
- Spina bifida (myelomeningocele)
- Twin anemia-polycythemia sequence (TAPS)
- Twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence
- Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
Why is it done?
Before a baby is born, early intervention using fetal surgery can treat life-threatening birth defects and improve outcomes in some cases. For example, if a baby has been diagnosed before birth with spina bifida, surgeons might perform open fetal surgery or a less invasive procedure using a fetoscope.
(SOURCE: Mayo Clinic)
Neither Travis nor Kourtney has disclosed why they were at the hospital, but based on the appearance of her bump as she left, she did not appear to have given birth.
Kourtney was seen walking unassisted as she and her husband surfaced on Friday, piling into a gleaming black Range Rover and heading off.
The reality star, who has not publicly divulged her due date, was decked out in a silver maternity top and matching trousers.
On Friday, Blink-182 announced via Insta Stories that they would have to delay their upcoming concerts on account of Travis’ family emergency.
‘Due to an urgent family matter, Travis has had to return home to the States,’ the band revealed on social media. ‘The Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin shows are being postponed. More information in regards to his return to Europe and rescheduled dates will be provided as soon as available.’
The Blink-182 tour in Europe was meant to commence Friday night in Glasgow, which is where Travis was when the announcement was made.
Travis then fired up his own social media and cryptically posted pictures of the prayer room at the Glasgow Airport.
Just last week, he and his pregnant wife had been spotted soaking up the sunshine together during a romantic stroll on the beach.
Oh baby! Kourtney and her husband Travis Barker are expecting their first child together; they are pictured in September 2022
Bumping along just nicely! She has been displaying her bump on social media
As Travis raced home to Kourtney, his ex-wife Shanna Moakler confirmed that the children she herself shares with him are ‘safe and sound.’
Shanna and Travis welcomed Landon, 19, and Alabama, 17, together, and Travis was also crucial in helping raise Shanna’s daughter Atiana De La Hoya, 24, whom she had with the former professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya.
Meanwhile Kourtney shares three children – Mason, 13, Penelope, 11, and Reign, eight – with her ex-fiancé Scott Disick, whom she dated on and off for nearly a decade.
Kourtney ecstatically revealed to the world in June that she is expecting a baby by Travis, whom she tied the knot with last year.
She dropped the bombshell during a Blink-182 concert, standing in the audience and holding up a sign that read: ‘TRAVIS I’M PREGNANT’ – a mischievous nod to a similar scene in the music video for the band’s song All The Small Things.
Her breathtaking news came over a year after Kourtney pulled the brakes on her IVF journey, which had subjected her to a raft of health issues including depression.
Oh baby! Kourtney ecstatically revealed to the world in June that she is expecting a baby by Travis, whom she tied the knot with last year
On a 2022 episode of her reality show The Kardashians, Kourtney spoke candidly about the ‘awful’ experience she was having with IVF.
She claimed in a confessional that the ‘medication that they have been giving me, they put me into menopause, literally into menopause.’
Kourtney theorized: ‘I think because I’m so clean and careful about what I put into my body, it’s just like having the complete opposite reaction and working as a contraceptive instead of helping us.’
She explained: ‘I have everything in the world to be happy about. I just feel a little bit off and not like myself. Super moody and hormonal, like I am a lunatic half the time.’
In December of that year, a few months after her wedding, she told the Wall Street Journal that she had stopped her IVF treatments 10 months earlier.
Growing family: Kourtney also shares three children – Mason, 13, Penelope, 11, and Reign, eight – with her ex-fiancé Scott Disick
Kourtney, who tied the knot with Travis that May, shared that she ‘took a break to just focus on our wedding and getting married.’
On a subsequently aired episode of The Kardashians, she said: ‘We would love a baby more than anything but I just really believe in what God has in store for us.’
She also spilled that she had ‘seven frozen eggs from years ago before Travis’ – a step she had taken when she was nearing the age of 40.
‘When I was 38 or 39 everyone was like pushing me to do that and most of mine didn’t survive the thaw because eggs are one cell and none of them made it to an embryo,’ the eldest Kardashian sister said.
‘All the thing that came with IVF took a toll on me physically. My health is still impacted because it’s hormones. And also mentally it took a toll,’ she said.
‘So, I think just being happy is most important and being a good parent to my kids. We are just embracing that whatever is meant to be will be.’
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