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Amanda Holden 'nearly died' while giving birth to second child

January 26, 2012 - London

Amanda Holden is recovering in the hospital after she came close to death while giving birth to her second daughter on Monday.

The 'Britain's Got talent' judge, whose son was stillborn last year when she was seven months pregnant, was in a "critical condition" for three days as she battled for life.

Her second daughter, Hollie Rose, was born on Monday by Caesarean section at a London hospital.

The baby weighed in at 6lb 1oz and is "healthy", although she has been placed in a special care unit.

The announcement of the birth was delayed by 40-year-old Holden's family until her condition had stabilised.

"Amanda nearly died. It was a life threatening situation," the Daily Mail quoted a close friend as saying.

"There was a huge loss of blood.

Holden, who admitted herself to hospital on Monday morning is expected to make a full recovery.

The exact details of what caused her huge loss of blood have not been made public.

The British actress has a history of difficult pregnancies.

When she went into labour with the birth of first child Lexi in 2006, doctors discovered that Holden had a low-lying placenta which had blocked the birth canal, making a natural birth impossible, which meant she was forced to have an emergency Caesarean.

Hollie's birth this week is believed to have come a month early. er husband Chris Hughes, 38, decided to announce their baby's birth after his wife was found to be well out of danger.

In a statement, a spokesman for the couple said, "Hollie Rose Hughes was born on January 23, 2012.

"She is healthy and weighed in at 6lb 1oz but Amanda has been in a critical condition for the past three days.

"She is now stable and we expect her to make a full recovery very soon.

"We thank you for respecting their privacy at this time." the statement read.

Holden had planned to have her baby following the first round of auditions for Britain's Got talent, but her dash to hospital on Monday forced her to pull out of filming in Blackpool.


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