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Duggar Baby #19 Hospitalized for Tummy Trouble

5/8/2010 4:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19th baby -- 5-month-old Josie Brooklyn -- had to be rushed back to the hospital less than a week after she was released ... this according to the baby factory herself.


TMZ has obtained a clip from "19 Kids & Counting" -- in which Michelle Duggar explains how baby Josie had a condition with her tiny little belly that they believed required medical attention ... so they took the child back to the hospital in Little Rock, AR.

Josie's arrival home airs this Sunday (Mother's Day) on TLC ... and the tiny child's return to the hospital airs Tuesday May 11.

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Danielle    

These sick ****s need to be committed.. Its impossible for 2 people to raise 19 kids. It isn't the other kids responsibilty to take care of their brothers and sisters. Sick ****s be proud of having a 4 month premature kid who has no idea what a real life outside of a hospital is.

1626 days ago
32.

mudder    

Wouldn't surprise me one bit if she's pregnant with #20.

1626 days ago
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francesca fleury    

I WANT TO WISH MICHELLE AND JIM BOB AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY WELL WISHES FOR JOSIE. INSTEAD OF SOME OF THE MEAN COMMENTS THIS FAMILY NEEDS LOVE AND SUPPORT SENT TO THEM. THEY NEVER ASK FOR HANDOUTS AND STICK TOGETHER LIKE REAL FAMILIES SHOULD. THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH SO MANY FAMILIES TODAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT LIKE THE DUGGARS HAVE FOR EACH OTHER. TRY TO IGNORE THE CRUEL REMARKS FROM PEOPLE WHO JUDGE HARSHLY. GOD IS THE ONLY JUDGE WE HAVE TO ANSWER TO ONE DAY. MICHELLE AND JIM BOB HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH YOUR DOING A GOOD JOB RAISING A GOOD AND RESPECTFUL BUNCH OF KIDS.

1626 days ago
34.

lake    

The fact that people get filmed, and paid, for being criminals, is such a charming thing. Oh, if I were king.....

1626 days ago
35.

Priss    

God Bless little Josie, if America had 1/3 of the morals of this family we would not need law enforcement, government hand outs or foster care programs. These people live by the Bible and I respect their views. I am not an advocate to having this many children but if this is your belief then it is your right. You people saying such vulgar things about this family are the ones that need mental couseling............Most kids in America raise themselves because their parents could care less as to what happens to them. If you don't like the Duggars, don't watch them!

1626 days ago
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Danielle    

I don't need to watch their show to see that these people are the one who need counseling. Live by the bible who cares, and there are parents out there who do care about their children.. these ones do not. How can you care for 19 kids when you have to schedule time in just to talk to a child. Thats real parenting huh? Get a clue these freaks need to get snipped and stop reproducing..

1626 days ago
37.

Athina    

Yes they want more kids. I doubt they would be allowed to adopt in the U.S. Some countries overseas though might be stupid enough to let them take one. Little Josie may have lifelong digestive problems. She has to be given an enema every six hours so her digestive system functions at all. And these morons want more children? I know they fob the younger ones off on the uneducated older girls (none of whom will be allowed to go to college), but a child with so many needs really should have her parents looking after her. Bets as to whether Michelle is pregnant already with the next one?

1626 days ago
38.

Boston    

The Duggar Family is the REAL DEAL! I used to think they were weird until I watched the show and YES I was wrong about them. I don't know anyone who lives like that but I really admire them! It's funny that so many people are knocking them for having so many kids when they have done such a great job in raising them. What about ALL the parents that are doing such a bad job today, they can't even handle one child! I'm NOT saying everyone should live like the "DUGGARS" but you have to give credit where credit is do! Yes they are Different but maybe that's what this world needs. NOT everyone can handle having such a big family but they CAN! They have NO debt and don't take a DIME in support and that was even before they did the TLC show!

1626 days ago
39.

Code Girl    

Ok Seriously! Its time to stop now.... Regardless of how you are supporting them.... At some point, when your older children have to help you raise the babies you insists on having, it just becomes unfair. Stop Stop stop it!

1626 days ago
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Code Girl    

Ok Seriously! Its time to stop now.... Regardless of how you are supporting them.... At some point, when your older children have to help you raise the babies you insists on having, it just becomes unfair. Stop Stop stop it!

1626 days ago
41.

A    

Not only am I pro-CHOICE, but after doing research on the topic in college I am also very much in favor of INFANT EUTHANASIA. This child doesn't seem to be one of the most extreme cases that have exhisted, but, to me, is a perfect example of when euthanasia could be an option. You have 18 kids already.



I honestly think my immediate reaction would be SAVE ME and NO HEROIC measures for the thing that is not even fully formed enough to be considered human.

1626 days ago
42.

Briana    

The last Duggar baby, Josie, was taken early because her mother was suffering from pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia occurs after the twentieth week of pregnancy, and threatens the life of both mother and baby. Josie was born at 25 weeks, and is considered to be a micro-preemie. Her chances for normal development, both physically and mentally are slim.



Michelle Duggar is 44 year old. She is now considered a case for a high-risk pregnancy. Furthermore, once a woman is diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, the likelihood of the condition reoccurring during pregnancy is very high, with an attendant premature birth. Most women who suffer from pre-eclampsia have doctors who recommend that they not get pregnant again, as the risks are too great.



Josie is not in the hospital because she had a "tummy problem", it's because she was a micro-preemie, and she was not prepared for survival outside the uterus. Her undeveloped condition may have been exacerbated by her mother's pre-eclampsia, which usually causes high blood pressure, which can be extremely damaging to a fetus' neurological system. Michelle Duggar's statement is nothing short of moronic.



If she goes on to conceive again, she is potentially damaging her existing children. Some micro-preemies have a reasonable chance for an "normal" life, though usually with some kind of medically necessitated assistance. Some live short, painful, horrible existences, with no quality of life at all, no matter HOW loving the parents, or how devoted to "god" and Bible. If a human is incapable of understanding love or affection, because of incalculable neurological damage, it does that person no good. If a baby lives in constant, unmitigated agony, it does not understand that mommy and daddy believe "god" wanted them to keep procreating, it is only in horrible pain for its entire short life. Think how having a child like this affects the older children. How seeing a child who will never survive on its own, who may be incapable of feeling or recognizing love, who is in constant discomfort or pain, and who could die at any time, will affect them. What if Michelle keeps on birthing, even knowing that she is at extremely high risk, and produces a series of preemies who survive for a brief time, perhaps unable to eat, or breathe, or maybe ultra-sensitive to stimuli so that they are always hurting...and then die? Do she and Jim tell the older children, "It was just "god's" will"? What does THAT teach the kids about the value of life, and responsibility, and intelligent thought?



If you happen to be a fundamentalist Christian, and think that the Duggars are doing "god's work" and are True Americans, and that more folks like them would fix all of the USA's problems (may I remind you that Timothy McVeigh was a fundamentalist Christian too, and he murdered approximately twice as many children as the Duggars have birthed), look at it this way: maybe Josie was your deity's way of telling Jim and Michelle "enough already". Maybe she's a selfish bitch who likes lying around being pregnant, and making birthing attendants and nursies out of her daughters, all the while making DAMN sure that they stay ignorant. I don't care who covers their finances, it's their ethics, and their abuse of their older children, especially the females, that is reprehensible.



And yes, I have children. Two sons. I've always supported them myself. I believe in birth control, family planning, accountability, and personal responsibility. I stopped working to care for, support, and raise my children. I do NOT consider this a sacrifice. As for "god's will", I've never seen any god do a damn thing for anyone who prayed. It's on people to get up off of their lazy butts and take care of themselves.

1626 days ago
43.

kickaboo    

While Jim Bob is visiting Baby Josie, the good docs need to grab him aside in a room and snip-snip before he gets his wife pregnant again..God is trying to tell you something Jim Bob, your and TLC's greed and fame hungry way to push this reality show has caused a great deal of suffering to this precious baby. Btw, why is it the older girls are not allowed to work outside the home? Too many young ones to raise, home to clean and cooking to be done? Didn't Jim Bob (age 19) meet Michelle (age 17) when she was working at the ice store shop? Hypocrites...

1626 days ago
44.

Greg    

19 Kids and Counting? You do realize that if Octomom hears about this show she'll pop out more kids!

1626 days ago
45.

zippy    

why in the world would anyone want 19 kids? is she sometype of mental midget?not only will havign that many kids wreck her body she is out of her mind, havent heard fo her till i read this, i suppose it is sometype of another stupid reality show for people who have no life.

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