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Mira Sorvino Gives Birth to Child No. 3 After Life-Threatening Complications

July 14, 2009 02:29:41 GMT

"We are overjoyed to bring our beautiful healthy son home to his brother and sister," the actress and her actor husband, Christopher Backus, say in a joint statement of their newborn third child.


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After dealing with a difficult pregnancy and a long labor and delivery, Mira Sorvino has finally given birth to her third child with actor husband Christopher Backus. Born on June 22 in Los Angeles, the newborn baby, a boy, weighed in at 8 lbs., 12 oz. at time of birth and is named Holden Paul Terry Backus.

"After a difficult pregnancy involving potentially life-threatening complications to mother and child; the family are home, healthy and happy," a representative for Mira confirmed on Monday, July 13. Holden joins older sister Mattea Angel Backus and brother Johnny Christopher King. In a joint statement with husband Christopher, Mira said "We are overjoyed to bring our beautiful healthy son home to his brother and sister. We are blessed to have a home filled with so much love."

Speaking of the life-threatening complications she suffered from while she was pregnant with Holden, Mira explained, "I developed a blood clot (DVT) due to all the inactivity and had to be anti-coagulated for months to prevent a pulmonary embolism. I spent another two-and-a-half weeks at the hospital, during which time, missing the children and my husband and knowing what the separation was doing to the kids became almost unbearable. Prior to this nine-week hospital stay, I had only ever spent one night away from Johnny and Mattea."

Mira continued revealing, "The baby was very big and he came a couple of weeks early so it took longer than we thought. During the day we had some scary difficulties with the epidural as I achieved almost no progress with the labor and then at night the placenta created problems again. Although it was not blocking the baby's path as it had done for almost the entire pregnancy, it started causing me a substantial loss of blood. Just as we began begging for a C-section, the situation turned around and the end of the birth was very easy."

And "as soon as they placed him in my arms I knew it had all been worth it. He is my miracle baby. With everything that threatened this pregnancy and both of our lives, he came out of it completely unscathed: perfectly healthy, beautiful and wonderful!" she added.

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