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TV Mom Michelle Duggar Rushed to Hospital

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People: Michelle Duggar, star of TLC's 18 Kids and Counting, was rushed to an Arkansas hospital over the weekend - but her pregnancy with Baby No. 19, not due until spring, wasn't the reason for her dash to the doctor.

duggar family expecting 19th child

"This weekend, Michelle Duggar was admitted to an Arkansas hospital due to gallbladder issues," says a network rep. "The pain from a gallstone was generating some contractions. Just to be safe, she was airlifted a Little Rock, Ark., hospital, so that in the unlikely event that she had to be delivered early, she would be close to a NICU center. Though there were some fears that the baby was in trouble initially, it soon was discovered to be solely the gallstone causing the discomfort. Michelle is resting comfortably, and the baby is doing fine."

For now, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's brood of 18 kids will have to get by without Mom at home. "Doctors want to observe Michelle in the hospital for the next couple of days," says the rep, "but it would appear that the pain medication they have given her for the gallstone has worked, and there is no need for immediate surgery. The hope is that any necessary surgery can be delayed until after she delivers."

The physician attending Duggar, Dr. Curtis Lowery of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, tells PEOPLE, "We have every reason at present to expect that mother and baby will proceed with a healthy pregnancy. Mrs. Duggar is in good spirits and feeling much better."

19 Duggar Family Facts


Michelle Duggar (maiden name: Ruark) is the youngest of seven children. Jim Bob Duggar is one of two children.


The Duggars met when Jim Bob came to Michelle's house in high school on a door-to-door church visitation. They were married July 21, 1984.


In the beginning of the Duggars' marriage, the couple used birth control. Their first child, Joshua, was born four years into their marriage.


The Duggars now have 10 sons and eight daughters.

Here are all the kids' names in order of appearance: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and Jordyn-Grace.


The only person in the Duggar family whose name doesn't start with "J" is Mom -- Michelle.


Even Jazmine, the Duggars' dog, has a "J" name in keeping with the family tradition.


The Duggars have a new baby approximately every 18 months.


The Duggars estimate all the family members combined have worked approximately 39,000 total hours building their house.


Their house is 7,000 sq. ft, and has 4 washers and 4 dryers.


The boys' bedroom has 10 beds and two bathrooms.


Michelle's been pregnant for over 135 months (11.25 years) of her life.


Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar renewed their marriage vows in 2009.


Every Duggar child learns to play both violin and piano.


The Duggar daily routine includes breakfast and reading the Proverb of the day.


Jim Bob is a former state legislator, who served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.


The Duggars' TLC show "18 Kids and Counting" premiered on September 29, 2008.


The TLC show was originally called "17 Kids and Counting" -- the name was changed on February 24, 2009, for the arrival of Jordyn-Grace.


On September 1, 2009, on the "Today Show," Michelle announced that she is expecting her 19th child.


On October 8, 2009, Michelle and Jim Bob became grandparents when Joshua and his wife, Anna, had their first child, Mackynzie Renee.

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Anonymous December 8, 2009, 8:41 AM


Me December 8, 2009, 11:07 AM

Glad she’s okay. I love that family!

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