Lily Allen has spoken about daughter Ethel’s illness

Lily Allen has spoken about daughter Ethel’s illness


Lily Allen has spoken about when her eldest daughter Ethel was struck down with life threatening illness, laryngomalacia, at just 12-months-old.

Laryngomalacia is a condition which causes the larynx to collapse into the airway, which caused Ethel to have a lot of trouble breathing.

Lily told Radio 4 listeners: “She was working so hard to breathe, to just exist really, and she wasn’t really gaining any weight at all. Because all of the food she was taking on, she was just expending the energy on this breathing process.

“I was scared of losing her the whole time, all I wanted to do was just breastfeed her and to sit there in my chair with her and spend those precious hours into the night looking after your child.”

The treatment for baby Ethel meant she had to be fed through a tube for eight months, and Lily explains that because she suffered a still birth previously she found it really tough to cope with her daughter’s illness: “She was tiny, she’d lost so much weight and then as a result of that, because of what happened before with my previous [baby], it was just a really tough time.”

But Lily reassured listeners that Ethel, two, is ‘absolutely fine now.’

Lily performed at Glastonbury this weekend.

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