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Blind international opera star Andrea Bocelli has praised his mother for rejecting the advice of doctors to abort him on the grounds that he would be disabled.
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He interrupted a TV show to recount a 'little story' to the audience of how a pregnant woman was admitted to hospital with appendicitis.'The doctors had to apply some ice on her stomach and when the treatments ended the doctors suggested that she abort her child,' said Bocelli as he continued to play the piano.'They told her it was the best solution because the baby would be born with some disability.'But the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born,' he said.'That woman was my mother, and I was the child.' He added: 'Maybe I'm partisan, but I can say that it was the right choice and I hope that this could encourage many mothers who sometimes might find themselves in difficult situations but want to save the life of their baby.' Soon after his birth in 1958, Bocelli, 51, was diagnosed to be suffering from congenital glaucoma which made him partially blind.He had convinced them that he was a diplomat and that a US marine general had fallen in love with them, causing one woman to pawn jewelry, empty her life savings, sell her car, and take out loans to help this general move to the UK. In 2011, the Internet Crime Complaint Center estimated that the online dating scamming “industry” was worth over million, but it’s likely much higher than that, due to the difficulty of making a good estimate.People are often ashamed to come forward and admit that they’ve been duped.He divorced Enrica, the mother of his two children, in 2002 after a decade of marriage but he refuses to marry his girlfriend, Veronica Berti, because it would go against his religious beliefs.In his tribute, Bocelli does not explain why doctors recommended an abortion at a time when it was still illegal in Italy. Nor does Bocelli say if his mother underwent surgery for appendicitis or describe the medical condition with which doctors suspected he might be afflicted.
The film of Bocelli's tribute to his mother was placed on You Tube this week for the first time by the Whole Life Initiative, an American pro-life group.