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Summarized by Leena Booth

Nightmare & Joy for Larry King
National Enquirer 19Jun00 P2
By Alan Butterfield and Marc Cetner

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- TV Talk Personality Larry King and his LDS wife Shawn are thankful that their infant sons pulled through back-to-back health crises. In an exclusive interview with The National Enquirer, the parents revealed that newborn Cannon spent four days in the neonatal Intensive Care Unit after his May 22 birth.

"During delivery, Cannon passed through the canal too quickly, some fluid entered his lungs and caused breathing problems," she explained to the Enquirer. "Cannon is 3 weeks old now and all I can say is thank God he looks like his mother!" quipped proud pop Larry, 66. "It was pretty tense there for a while. We were sitting on pins and needles," added Shawn, 40. "We had to keep him in the neonatal ICU for four days to monitor him and make sure there were no complications. We brought him home after four days and he's been perfectly fine since."

Earlier in the month the couple's 15-month-old son Chance was hospitalized for stomach surgery to repair a recurring stomach ailment he was born with. "He had a problem digesting his food and kept coughing it up," Larry revealed. "A muscle in his stomach was too big and wouldn't allow the food to empty into the digestive system. It's a problem called pyloric stenosis." Chance had lifesaving surgery to correct the problem when he was a mere 2 months old. "Somehow it recurred," continued Larry. "So the doctors at UCLA had to make a small incision into the stomach muscle. Now he can digest his food just fine." Declared Shawn: "Larry and I couldn't be happier."

The Kings added that they are thankful to a special person -- Shawn's childhood friend Marie Osmond. "Marie arrived like the cavalry just when I needed her," said Shawn. "I was overwhelmed. People were buzzing all around and all I wanted to do was sleep. Marie took over like a mother hen and stayed round the clock. She even massaged my feet. She was worried I'd get depressed. But not in the least -- I was touched.

"She's my best friend. And I'm the happiest woman in the world."


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