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Ex-army helicopter pilot who lost both legs in Iraq becomes first US senator to give birth while in office; Iraq war hero Tammy Duckworth, who turned 50 in March, welcomed baby daughter Maile Pearl on Monday.

Byline: Natalie Evans

A former army helicopter pilot who lost both her legs inIraqhas become the first US senator togive birthwhile in office.

Tammy Duckworth, 50, welcomed her second daughter on Monday, her office confirmed.

Baby Maile Pearl joins older sister Abigail, who was born in 2014 while Duckworth was serving in the House of Representatives.

In a statement, the proud mum and husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, said: "We're also so grateful for the love and support of our friends and family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they've done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family."

Duckworth, who turned 50 on March 12, is a former Army National Guard helicopter pilot.

She lost both her legs when she her chopper was shot down in Iraq in 2004.

Only 10 women have ever given birth while serving in the US Congress.

A Democrat, Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November 2016.


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Tammy Duckworth welcomed a second baby daughter on Monday

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The former army helicopter pilot, seen with President Barack Obama, lost her legs in Iraq in 2004

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Tammy is the first US senator to give birth while in office

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Title Annotation:News,Politics
Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Apr 10, 2018
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