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Nick and Vanessa Lachey Share the Scary (But Inspiring) Story of Their Son's Premature Birth
Vanessa Lachey was just 29 weeks along in her pregnancy when her water broke in December 2019—and the events that followed were some of the most terrifying on her life, the star revealed onDancing with the Star'sMost Memorable Year episode.
Now 10 months old, Phoenix Robert—the third child of Vanessa and her husband, singer Nick Lachey—spent six weeks in the NICU after his mother went through emergency surgery.
"I'll never forget. She called me in a panic: 'They're taking me in for an emergency surgery. Get here as quick as you can,'" Nick said."I think as a man, you want to believe you can protect your kids, protect your wife. I never felt so helpless."
Vanessa broke down in tears while talking about her son arriving 10 weeks early, saying that her only concern was Phoenix's safety:"I was on the operating bed, and I looked up, and I didn't know a single face, and I remembered thinkingI hope the baby's okay and don't worry about me. Just make him okay."
But the couple made it through the difficult experience by supporting each other. Nick toldPeoplethat Vanessa spent time with Phoenix while he stayed home to take care of their two older children, Camden John, 5, and Brooklyn Elisabeth, 2.
"Our youngest wasn't even old enough to go see him, so only Camden got to go see him," he said."And then it's scary, there's beeps and alarms and this and that and tubes and it's like you don't want to… it's a hard thing. There's just no two ways about it."
Vanessa'sDWTSperformance, inspired by her emotional year, brought tears to her husband's eyes. She danced to Nick's "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)," a song that she says helped get them through the tough times.
Earlier this year, Vanessa posted a photo of her and a happy, healthy Phoenix for Mother's Day. In the caption she wrote that "it's amazing how much more love you find in your heart for your family as it grows."
One in 10 infants are born premature in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but despite how common preterm births are, people often keep their struggles to themselves, which is why Vanessa and Nick felt it was so important to share their story with the world.
"We leaned on each other and got through it with great friends and family around us and in the end everything was perfectly fine, so I am thrilled to be able to tell that story tonight, and I hope it inspires somebody else out there to kind of keep their head up," Nick said.
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