Andrea Bocelli almost aborted
Written by engage on September 12, 2019
Andrea Bocelli, the blind Italian opera singer, has praised his mother for rejecting the advice of doctors to abort him on the grounds that he would be disabled.
The tenor, who has sold 70 million records worldwide, pays tribute to his mother, Edi, in this video for persevering in her pregnancy during a performance in Italy.
In this video Andrea recounts the story of 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 the child,” said the singer.
“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 with congenital glaucoma, which made him partially blind.
He then lost his vision completely at the age 12, after he was hit on the head during a game of football.