Four-time boxing world champion Carl Froch reveals details about the traumatic birth of his daughter in the latest issue of Hello! magazine.
Gracing the cover of Hello! with his daughter Penelope, Froch revealed that Penelope was diagnosed with a serious illness just hours after her traumatic birth. The Nottingham-born boxer told Hello! magazine that her birth was complicated by shoulder dystocia, when the baby’s head emerges but one of the shoulders becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone.
The 38-year-old said: “It is fitting that she is a boxer’s daughter because she is a fighter. She was fighting for her life the day she was born.” After her birth, Penelope appeared lifeless as she had been starved out of oxygen.
“‘I was in shock. I couldn’t speak. Being a fighter, I tend to take the bull by the horns but I couldn’t do anything and that made me feel helpless.’
‘Her head came out at 5.59am and she was born at 6.02 – the same length as a boxing round; the longest, most traumatic round of my life.’
‘When she made that first feeble cry, I burst into tears. It takes a lot to upset me but this was the most distressing thing I have ever experienced.’
A day later the family was back into hospital as Cordingley had a severe headache, and they had taken baby Penelope with them. He further revealed, “‘A nurse noticed that Penelope had a temperature and was a bit lethargic.’
‘Within an hour, she was in an incubator, hooked up to an intravenous drip and being given antibiotics and oxygen. We hadn’t even come in for Penelope but for the next two weeks I was in and out of hospital and feared the worst.’”
Penelope, the couple’s third child together, was diagnosed with group B streptococcus infection, which can be deadly for infants, and suspected meningitis. Recalling the incident Froch said, “It was a rollercoaster of emotions, the worst two weeks of my life.”
After ten days of treatment and antibiotics, Penelope finally recovered prompting Rachael to call her a “little miracle baby”.
The four-time world champion won 33 of his 35 fights during a glittering career, including 24 by knockout but announced his retirement in July after 14 months out of the ring following his defeat of George Groves. But for his loyal fans there is good news for his promoter Eddie Hearn hinted that Froch could be tempted out of retirement to face Gennady Golovkin in 2016.