Heartbreaking news comes from Vanessa Carlton. The singer announces on Facebook the cancellation of her tour dates and, in doing so, she opens up that she has just lost her pregnancy. She tells her fans that she needs time recuperate after an emergency surgery due to ectopic pregnancy complications.
"I was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, or in my case it was a fallopian pregnancy (the embryo settled in my tube, which is the width of a straw.) This is not considered a viable pregnancy because the fetus cannot develop and it is a high risk situation for the mother because of the potential for tubal rupture and internal bleeding," she explains.
"There is a theory that an appendectomy I had when i was 12 (for a ruptured appendix) had screwed up my right tube with scar tissue etc, and that's why my embryo got caught in the tube. In case you are a woman with a past appendectomy definitely take note," she adds.
Carlton, 33, says they caught the problem "relatively early." She was given "a shot of Methotrexate, a mild chemotherapy instead of having surgery" in hopes to "shrink the pregnancy" and save her tube. On doctors' orders, she was forced to reschedule her shows because the treatment required her to be "very close to hospital at all times."
But, "this past Monday, Oct 28th, 11 days after the chemo shot and despite our best efforts, my tube started to rupture and I was experiencing internal bleeding," she reveals. "My doctor performed a successful surgery and removed my entire right fallopian tube."
It's been slightly over a week after the surgery, but she's still not physically ready to return to the stage just yet. "A week to the day from my emergency surgery I started getting intense nerve pain in one of my incisions," she says. "I was all set to fly to Vancouver on Wednesday but, alas, I am not ready yet."
"So, sadly, I will need to cancel the first four dates of my November tour - this includes Vancouver, Bellingham, Portland and Seattle. I need to stay close to my doctors and the hospital in case this initial pain turns into something more serious. I'm ready to get back out there mentally though and if all goes even remotely as planned I will be ready for San Francisco."
"I'm so bummed about having to jank up this tour. It started off pretty great. My favorite even. Gimme a couple more days, I'll be ready. Thank you for all your support and understanding through this," she concludes. She also says, "On the bright side my other tube and ovaries are perfectly healthy."
Carlton announced her pregnancy at a live concert in early October during the first week of her tour. She found out that there was problem with her pregnancy the day after her NYC show on October 15.