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Kourtney Kardashian Opens Up About Fetal Surgery That Saved Her Baby

In the season five premiere of The Kardashians, the Poosh founder shared more about the fetal surgery she underwent last year and what she wants other moms-to-be to know.
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published May 24, 2024
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Six months after welcoming baby boy Rocky, Kourtney Kardashian Barker is sharing more about her brush with pregnancy complications and the fetal surgery that saved her baby’s life.

In the season five premiere of The Kardashians, the Poosh founder shared more about the fetal surgery she underwent last year and what she wants other moms-to-be to know. “The doctor who will come to the house to do the scan is a high-risk doctor, really detailed and thorough at looking for everything,” Kardashian Barker explained. “And something caught his eye where he wanted me to see a couple of specialists and I had to go in for fetal surgery where they do surgery on the baby, which was terrifying.”

The mom of four explained that while the experience was stressful she used her “superpower” to find her way through it. ““There’s some superpower that I have that in emergency situations, I get really calm. And then right when we left I was like, ‘Okay, I could take a deep breath. I could cry. I could get it out,’ " she said.

Kardashian Barker recalls being told by her doctor that what she had been through was “really traumatic," and that it was okay to “take a second” and process it however she saw fit. Part of that for the reality TV star was sharing her experience with fans last year. In a Instagram post made last September, she shared her harrowing experience, noting that she “wasn’t prepared for the fear of rushing into urgent fetal 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,” she wrote. “Praise be to God. Walking out of the hospital with my baby boy in my tummy and safe was the truest blessing.”

In the season premiere Kardashian shares that she’s happy she posted about the surgery so that others could learn from her experience. "They were so grateful that I posted something about it because they said so many people don’t feel comfortable, even telling their friend or their family members because they’re like, ‘Did they do something wrong or different things?’ " Kardashian Barker says.

“But my doctor’s like, ‘There’s nothing that you did wrong, it’s not age-related. It’s like just a super rare thing that happened.’ But then I was like, after this happened, I was like God’s got this. We’re good. This is a miracle and I’m gonna be super positive.”

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