Jimmy Rees Reflects On Almost Losing Baby Son During 'DWTS'
He was slaying the dancefloor on the latest season of 'Dancing With The Stars', but a family emergency saw Jimmy Rees drop out of the competition and rush straight to the bedside of his 8-week-old son Mack.
Sitting down with Studio 10's Sarah Harris, Jimmy and his wife Tori revealed that after undergoing a routine procedure that would soon see baby Mack fighting for his life, they were terrified that the eight-week-old wouldn't make it through the harrowing ordeal.
"We had this conversation after... We're not sure how close it really was, I guess, but we both definitely thought it," Jimmy told Sarah, adding, "We just burst into tears".
Little Mac had undergone a frenectomy -- a relatively straightforward procedure to fix his tongue tie -- however, following the surgery, Tori couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong.
"Initially he was screaming, but as the time went on he was becoming limp," Tori said.
During the procedure, the dentist had cut an artery and, according to Tori, the bleeding refused to stop raising further alarm bells.
"Blood was streaming everywhere, the doctor kept confirming to me that it was something that would stop if I kept breastfeeding... He kept saying 'continue, continue...' So I had this eight-week-old breastfeeding while his mouth is pooling with blood. "
Mack was soon rushed to Gosford hospital, where doctors raced to save his young life, with medical professionals even having to perform CPR on his tiny body.
Meanwhile, Jimmy waited anxiously at home looking after Mack's twin Vinny and their eldest son Lenny as he waited for news on his sick son. With the news that Mack would then have to be flown to Randwick Children's hospital for a blood transfusion, it was then that Jimmy decided to leave the hit series, despite positioning himself as a firm fan favourite.
"It just stopped. I wouldn't even think about 'Dancing with the Stars'".
Thankfully, after the harrowing ordeal and having to relearn to breastfeed, Mack -- now 11-weeks-old -- is doing much better.
"He proved everybody wrong when we were in the hospital and was a complete superstar," Tori added proudly.
And as for what the dedicated parents have learned throughout the terrifying scare, Jimmy explained that he's now more appreciative of how lucky he is, despite how tough parenting can be at times.
"Just cherish every moment, because things can just turn like that," Jimmy said. "All those moments where you think it's hard and frustrating -- everything that parenting is -- you just have to know that it could be worse".
Tori added, "This whole experience has made me not realise not to sweat the small stuff, and we're the luckiest parents in the world to have three beautiful, healthy boys," she said.
"We're pretty complete now -- and busy!" she laughed.
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