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On February 9th, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed a boy. According to People, the 30-year-old young mother was given a c-section because of the risks associated with her previous spinal surgery. However, a source told the publication that she is « really fine. » The family of three is currently resting at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
As a child, Eugenie was diagnosed with severe scoliosis – a curvature of her spine – and underwent surgery to correct it at age 12. According to a blog post she wrote for the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, the operation lasted eight hours and ran eight inches of titanium rod on either side of her spine and one and a half inch screws on the top of her neck.
At first she was traumatized by the long vertical scar left by the operation, but since she is older she has proudly accepted it in solidarity with others like her. For her 2018 wedding, she opted for a V-cut dress that showed this off, and on Scoliosis Awareness Day 2020, she encouraged others to be “proud” of their scars and start wearing their own again. Apparently, her medical history raised concerns about her labor and delivery, especially when it came to the potential of an epidural administration. « When we have a patient with a history like this, we have them meet with the anesthesiologists before the birth to see if they are actually candidates for epidural anesthesia, » said Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a board certified gynecologist at the Yale University School of Medicine told People.
The bars in Eugenie’s back could potentially be disturbed, but for now all the public knows is that their son has been « safely delivered » and is « a complete dream ». On his birthday, Eugenie shared a first black and white photo of her and Brooksbank, who held his little hand and labeled it with three blue hearts and exclamation marks. She is clearly an excited mother, and her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is delighted to have another great-grandchild.
In a statement, Her Royal Highness said she and Prince Philip « are thrilled with the news ». You haven’t met that little bundle of joy due to the severe UK pandemic but hopefully the family can reunite soon.
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