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SLY CRIES FOR HIS GIRL; Baby Sophia has hole in her heart.

Hollywood superstar Sylvester Stallone has been devastated dev·as·tate  
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.

2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark.
 by the news that his baby daughter needs heart surgery.

Doctors have discovered that two-month-old Sophia Rose has a hole in the heart.

The actor and his fiancee Jennifer Flavin Jennifer Flavin (born August 14, 1968 in Chicago) is a former model who is the third wife of actor Sylvester Stallone.

Jennifer appeared in the 1990 television show Bar Girls, playing the part of an escort.
 found out three weeks ago in a routine check at the Miami hospital where she was born.

They had been concerned that Sophia, Stallone's first daughter, had not been gaining weight. She was 7lb 4oz when she was born in August and has only put on 5oz since.

A close friend of the couple said: "Sylvester and Jennifer have been told that the operation should rectify the problem and Sophia should be all right.

"But she is too tiny and frail for surgery yet. Doctors say they have to wait until she is at least 12lb before she can withstand the trauma of a major operation."

Jennifer was alone with Sophia in Miami when she found out as 50-year- old Sly was shooting his new film, Copland, in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of

The friend said: "She rang Sylvester in tears and he flew them both up to join him and to get a second opinion from a New York specialist.

"Sylvester then took the child to the University of California The University of California has a combined student body of more than 191,000 students, over 1,340,000 living alumni, and a combined systemwide and campus endowment of just over $7.3 billion (8th largest in the United States).  Hospital in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  and the operation will be carried out there in about two months.

"I spoke to him last week and he said that he loved his child more than anything and he would move heaven and earth to ensure she got the best treatment possible.

"He said he would give every single thing he owns to give her a healthy life.

"When she was born he called her his little miracle.

"Now he says he is praying for a miracle to make her well."

Jennifer, 27, is caring for Sophia at home and the baby has been put on a special diet to try to build her up.

The twice-married Rambo star's desire for a girl was so strong that he blamed it for his split with Jennifer two years ago because she didn't feel ready for a child.

He helped deliver the baby and said afterwards: "I had tears in my eyes. I feel as though I have been reborn re·born  
Emotionally or spiritually revived or regenerated.


active again after a period of inactivity

Adj. 1.

Sylvester has employed a nurse to monitor the baby around the clock at his Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, city (1990 pop. 31,971), Los Angeles co., S Calif., completely surrounded by the city of Los Angeles; inc. 1914. The largely residential city is home to many motion-picture and television personalities.  home and he has taken a break from his work schedule to be with her.

A hole in the heart is one of the most common congenital heart abnormalities affecting around 250 babies in every 100,000.

The abnormality develops before birth causing a hole in the partition between the left and right sides of the heart.

If the hole is large it can cause breathlessness, feeding difficulties, pale colour and sweating within six to eight weeks of birth.

Some types of holes become smaller or even close on their own as the child grows.

Others need open-heart surgery open-heart surgery

Any surgical procedure opening the heart and exposing one or more of its chambers, most often to repair valve disease or correct congenital heart malformations (see congenital heart disease).
, but most affected children go on to lead perfectly normal lives.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 31, 1996
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