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One of Pavarotti’s Twins Born Dead

January 14, 2003

ROME (AP) _ Luciano Pavarotti’s companion has given birth prematurely to a girl, but a male twin was born dead after a complicated pregnancy, a Bologna hospital said Tuesday.

Nicoletta Mantovani gave birth Monday by Caesarean section, said Dr. Luciano Bovicelli, director of the Gynecological and Obstetrical Clinic at Sant’Orsola Polyclinic.

Bovicelli said the infant was breathing on her own. He called her condition good considering she weighed only 3.8 pounds at birth.

Mantovani, 33, also was doing well, Bovicelli said.

A hospital statement said the male twin had been suffering from reduced oxygen flow via the blood.

Mantovani had been told there was a high risk of miscarriage and that she could develop severe high blood pressure if she carried the fetuses to term, the hospital said.

``Faced with the complexity of the case and of the connected risks, Ms. Mantovani, with courage and uncommon determination, decided, together with maestro Luciano Pavarotti, to go on with the pregnancy,″ the hospital said.

The 67-year-old tenor and Mantovani have been living together since 1996.

Pavarotti has three children from his marriage to Adua Veroni.

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