EastEnders Elaine Lordan loses her son

12/20/2005 at 11:09 AM ET

We reported a year ago on the premature birth of EastEnder’s Elaine Lordan‘s son, James Garrett Manuel.  He was born with a diaphragmatic hernia that required corrective surgery and was hospitalized for the first five months of his too-short life.  We regret the need to update the story- little James passed away on Sunday from complications related to his condition.

Elaine’s agent Kate Whaley said, "It is with tremendous sadness that we can confirm that James Manuel passed away on Sunday.  Elaine, Pete and their family and friends are devastated at their loss.”

A friend of Elaine’s said, "Everyone thought that James was very much over the worst and would make a full recovery.  There is no way she would have gone to Australia [for I’m A Celebrity] or got married last Thursday if she had known what lay around the corner."

Elaine left EastEnders, where she played Slater sister Lynne Hobbs, in 2004.  She appeared on I’m a Celebrity this past August.

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH) occurs in about one in every 2,500 live births.  Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) appears to happen spontaneously, and does not have genetic cause. It is identified by a small hole in the diaphragm, which can enable the contents of the abdomen to enter the chest. As a result, around 50% of babies born with the condition cannot breathe properly.   For more infomation on hernias, check out: http://fetalsurgery.chop.edu/CDHintr7.shtml

For more on CDH, visit the Cherubs Website

Source: The Sun


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Kily18 on

Sad……. so sad, don’t know what to say… my heart hurts too.

God bless the parents, the archangel Gabriel will take care of him.

Kresta on

How very sad to come so far and to lose their beautiful son. Life is so unfair sometimes. Rest in peace little battler.

yogagirl5117 on

My mother lost her first baby. He was still born and back in ’68 they didn’t have the technology that they do today. They put her to sleep to have the baby just to be woken to bad news. My throughts and prayers are with the family during this tumultuous time.

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