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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

18 Kids & Counting’ Mom Michelle Duggar Hospitalized In Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --

Michelle Duggar – matriarch of the Duggar family from TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” – was hospitalized in Arkansas over the weekend, according to People.

The 42-year-old reality mom – who is pregnant with her 19th child – was reportedly rushed to the E.R. due to a gallbladder problem.

“This weekend, Michelle Duggar was admitted to an Arkansas hospital due to gallbladder issues,” a rep for TLC told People. “The pain from a gallstone was generating some contractions. Just to be safe, she was airlifted a Little Rock, Ark., hospital, so that in the unlikely event that she had to be delivered early, she would be close to a NICU center.”

Although Michelle remains hospitalized, the network spokesperson said both mom and baby are doing fine.

“Though there were some fears that the baby was in trouble initially, it soon was discovered to be solely the gallstone causing the discomfort. Michelle is resting comfortably, and the baby is doing fine,” the rep added. “Doctors want to observe Michelle in the hospital for the next couple of days… but it would appear that the pain medication they have given her for the gallstone has worked, and there is no need for immediate surgery. The hope is that any necessary surgery can be delayed until after she delivers.”

In September, Michelle and husband Jim Bob announced they were pregnant with their 19th child.

“We are so thrilled,” Michelle told People at the time. “We just couldn’t believe it is happening.”

When the latest addition to the family does arrive, the Duggar’s total tally isn’t the only thing that will be changing – so will the name of their show.

Access Hollywood previously confirmed TLC will change the name of the series to “19 Kids and Counting,” following the child’s birth.

In October, Jim Bob and Michelle became grandparents for the first time when Joshua and Anna Duggar welcomed daughter Mackynzie Renee Duggar.

Copyright 2009 by NBC Universal

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