Kourtney Kardashian reveals urgent surgery to save life of unborn baby

Reality star is currently expecting her fourth child, first with husband Travis Barker

Brittany Miller
New York
Thursday 07 September 2023 11:01 BST
Related: Kourtney Kardashian announces pregnancy to husband Travis Barker during Blink-182 gig

Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that she was rushed into emergency foetal surgery to save the life of her and husband Travis Barker’s unborn child.

The reality star shared the update on Instagram on Wednesday, where she posted a black and white photo showing her in a hospital bed holding Barker’s hand. “I will be forever grateful to my incredible doctors for saving our baby’s life,” Kardashian wrote in the Instagram caption.

“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.”

She continued: “As someone who has had three really easy pregnancies in the past, I wasn’t prepared for the fear of rushing into urgent foetal 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,” Kardashian ended the post.

Shortly after, Barker spoke out about the emergency surgery on X, former known as Twitter. “God is great. I flew home for a life-threatening emergency surgery for our baby that I’m so grateful went well,” he wrote. “I want to say thank you for all the support. Tour resumes Friday.”

On Saturday 2 September, Kardashian and her husband were seen leaving the hospital in photos obtained by the DailyMail. An insider speaking to People confirmed that Kourtney, 44, had been briefly hospitalised. The source said the eldest Kardashian sister was on the road to recovery as of Monday 4 September.

“[Kardashian is] back home now with her kids,” they said. “She is feeling better. She is happy to have Travis back home too.”

Blink-182 postponed a handful of their upcoming Ireland and UK shows after drummer Travis Barker “had to return home” on Friday 1 September due to “an urgent family matter”.

The three-piece rock group were scheduled to perform two shows at the OVO Hydro in Glasgow on Friday (1 September) and Saturday (2 September), followed by concerts in Belfast on Monday (4 September) and Dublin on Tuesday (5 September).

However, hours before their first Glasgow night, Blink-182 announced that “due to an urgent family matter, Travis had to return home to the States”.

“The Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin shows are being postponed,” they wrote on an Instagram Story. “More information in regards to his return to Europe and rescheduled dates will be provided as soon as available.”

The reality star first announced her pregnancy at a Blink-182 concert in June. Her announcement came six months after she publicly shared that she had stopped in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments because it had taken “a toll” on her physical and mental health.

Barker shares two children, Landon, 19 and Alabama, 17, with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler, with who he was married to from 2004 to 2008. He is also the father to stepdaughter Atiana.

Kardashian shares three children, Mason, 13, Penelope, 12, and Reign, 10, with her ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, who she dated for nine years.

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