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'19 Kids & Counting' Baby

Laughing & Playing

After Holy Land Health Scare

9/29/2011 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0928_kids_and_counting_launch_ex_2She had reportedly fallen gravely ill during a trip to Israel with her family last week -- but baby Josie from TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" made a speedy recovery ... and TMZ has obtained video proof.

Reports are circulating ... Josie was rushed to a medical facility after her "oxygen levels had spiraled down" -- but sources close to the family tell TMZ, the reports were blown way out of proportion.

We're told 21-month-old Josie was merely experiencing some cold symptoms -- and was taken to a doctor's office to get them checked out.

The video -- shot days after her doctor's visit -- seems to corroborate the story ... showing Josie in great spirits, laughing and playing in a park.

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esa    

The Duggars were not out of the country last week. They were in Alabama building homes for tornado victims! 17 of the 19 were here. Mom and baby Josie stayed home. Check al.com or The Daily Mountain Eagle. I even saw 2 of the girls coming out of a resturant and had my pic taken with them. And to all the haters of The Duggars, were you here in Alabama helping the victims of the April 27 tornadoes? NO, oh ok shut up.

1089 days ago
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hello    

esa: 6 minutes ago

The Duggars were not out of the country last week. They were in Alabama building homes for tornado victims! 17 of the 19 were here. Mom and baby Josie stayed home. Check al.com or The Daily Mountain Eagle. I even saw 2 of the girls coming out of a resturant and had my pic taken with them. And to all the haters of The Duggars, were you here in Alabama helping the victims of the April 27 tornadoes? NO, oh ok shut up.
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They were recently out of the country filming for their show. I don't care if it was last week or last year. Preemies have the potential to have low immune systems and it probably was not a good idea to have her exposed to so many people in order to collect a paycheck. Without the show I don't believe they would be taking as many trips as they do. They are starting to remind me of another family with multiple children that gets paid to go on vacation. Jim Bob certainly wouldn't spring for a trip that costs a lot of money. He is so cheap that if he ever opened his wallet, moths would fly out. I saw a recent episode where they were in NY promoting their book or something and he asked the guy at the subway if they could get a discount for buying so many tickets. It wasn't like they were even paying themselves.
Wouldn't surprise me in the least if they announce another baby is on the way. I only hope that baby Josie doesn't have any lifelong medical issues. If she does, I wonder which of her older sisters will be responsible for her.

1089 days ago
18.

Mayu    

what makes me sad... this poor baby is always on the brink of life and death, and like someone else said, I also believe she'll have health problems all her life... and yet these parents are already talking about wanting #20.. (who she'll probably have to help raise.) I really hate these people. They are not parents. They are having kids who their other kids parent.

I remember reading an interview with the mother while her daughter was still on a respirator in the hospital about how they want another. They didn't even know if the daughter would live or die, and they were talking about baby 20. selfish people.

1089 days ago
19.

edna    

OfJimBob and Jill stayed behind to be with Josie. She was in the hospital, which seems to indicate a more serious condition than "just a cold". You know that TLC and the Duggars will milk this for a very special episode. The parents have no sense taking a child who has a compromised respiratory system all over Europe. I know they "trust in God" but even God gave some of us common sense and missed the Duggars.

1089 days ago
20.

melissa    

Baby Hoarders - need therapy!

1089 days ago
21.

Lauren    

I was in Israel over the summer....there are parts of it that are the lowest spots in the world (like the dead sea), so should be easier to breathe?

1089 days ago
22.

Alphabeter    

This was taken in a park in Israel while Josie, Jill (her actual mother) and their "mother of the year" were not allowed to leave because Josie was so sick. One of the show's producers was the cameraman. Their Israeli doctor also flew [back] to Arkansas with them and stayed for at least two days. Of course foreign doctors do this for every poor child who has a cold! /snark

Josie was a micropremie who immune system is compromised more by her idiot parents whose pursuit of a buck with ALL 19 children is more important than any one kid's LIFE.

I hope TMZ gets the exclusive when the gay ones write their tell-all books.

1089 days ago
23.

Alphabeter    

And if she was fine when she left, then why does the article end with wishing her a speedy recovery?

http://www.terem.com/en/news/27-ספטמבר-2011/duggars-come-terem


Because of Josie’s medical issues, Dr. Halberstadt accompanied the Duggars on their flight home. The trip went smoothly, and we would like to wi******tle Josie a “refuah Sheleima!”

1089 days ago
24.

Abby Wilson    

after reading some of these comments on here...it truly sickens me how judgemental some people are. This family is a very good Christian family that believes in allowing God to determine how many children they should have. So what if the older kids help? They don't know any different! They have shared their story with so many people, done a lot of charity work and gone on missions to help others. What charitable work have u ppl done lately? Have u given gifts to poor children in south america for xmas? Have u helped clean up up tornado damage in MO and in AL? If the answer is no...then don't judge! Josie is a micropreemie, and she is being well taken care of, kids get sick all the time. Not a big deal!

1088 days ago
25.

Diane    

A loving, happy family by all measures AND on their dime. They're not a burden to taxpayers and no one is forced to watch their shows. Find someone/something else to B**** about...like those whose breeding habits are paid for with taxpayer money.

1083 days ago
26.

Haley    

THANK THE LORD THT JOSIE IS GETTIN BETTER.... POOR BABY, HOPEFULLY SHE WILL B ABLE 2 BE LIKE EVERY OTHER 2 YEAR OLD!!!!

939 days ago
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