Tragedy for Reverend Run and wife

Update: The family released the following statement: "On September 26, 2006, Victoria Anne Simmons for some unknown reason chose to come early and unfortunately did not survive. We must accept whatever is there and once you accept unconditionally, then everything is beautiful. Every pain has a purifying effect."

We regret to report that Reverend Run of Run-DMC and his wife Justine have lost their new baby. Justine gave birth to the baby girl on Thursday via c-section but the child was born with her organs outside of her body. The baby died shortly afterwards.

CBB Reader Asheley posted that the condition is called omphalocele. It’s a congenital malformation in which the intestine, liver, and spleen can protrude into the umbilical cord and out of the body within a translucent sac. It occurs in approximately 1 out of 5-10,000 births. For more information, visit Mothers of Omphaloceles and the University of Virginia Health Systems page.

CBB reader Michelle emails, "There are some people questioning [in the comments] whether or not Reverend Run and his wife had an ultrasound. I don’t know if they did or not, [Ed Note: they did on the show] but my oldest daughter was also born with an omphalocele. We had an ultrasound done at 19 weeks, but for some reason the technician did not catch it. We did not know when she was born that she was going to have any birth defects. So it is possible for them to have had an ultrasound and still not known about it ahead of time."

The pregnancy played an integral storyline in the last season of their show Run’s House. Run has three children from his first marriage (Vanessa, Angela and Joseph) and he and Justine have two boys together, Daniel and Russell. According to TMZ, MTV camera crews were at the hospital to film the birth for Run’s House, leading us to believe that the couple may not have known what lie ahead. Our condolences to the family at this time.


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