Home & Away star Tammin Sursok's terrifying 'close call' during daughter's birth

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    South African-born Australian singer-actor

She welcomed her second daughter into the world in 2019 and now Tammin Sursok has opened up about the terrifying experience.

In her column for 9Honey, the former Home and Away star, who is also the proud mum to seven-year-old daughter Phoenix, revealed that while she initially wanted to have a natural birth after a C-section with her first, she is thankful she opted for a caesarean delivery at the last minute with her second daughter Lennon.

Tammin Sursok's Instagram selfie
Tammin Sursok has opened up about her birth experience with her second daughter, Lennon. Photo: Instagram/Tammin Sursok

"When they pulled her out of my body the doctor said that we were hours away from a uterine rupture," Tammin wrote.

"If I had coughed too hard, if Phoenix had jumped on me, if I had accidentally slipped, if I had laughed too hard, if I put any pressure on my stomach within that hour or even the day before we both wouldn't have made it.”

Tammin said that while she“ didn't really understand what they were saying (at the time)”, now she realises what a “close call” it was.

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Tammin Sursok and her daughters Phoenix and Lennon posing for a photo together.
Tammin is pictured her with her daughters Phoenix and Lennon. Photo: Instagram/Tammin Sursok

Back in 2019, Tammin opened up about her devastating experiences with two miscarriages.

She fell pregnant soon after the birth of her daughter Phoenix, however she miscarried soon into the pregnancy. Her next pregnancy also sadly ended in miscarriage.

“The baby was developing, then it wasn’t, then it was, then it wasn’t. Every time I went back, the baby was fine and then not fine,” she said of the second miscarriage on Dr Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy podcast.

“It took me a long time to share it,” she said.

“[But] if I can make one person feel less alone … Because it happens so much, I think it’s 1 in 4 [women].”

Tammin, her husband Sean McEwen and their two daughters relocated to Australia in June and last month, the pair renewed their vows in a stunning beachside ceremony.

In August, Tammin opened up to Yahoo Lifestyle about filming the rom-com You, Me and the Penguins in Queensland and how Sydney’s lockdown kept her from seeing her beloved parents.

Tammin Sursok, her husband Sean and their daughters Phoenix and Lennon on a boat
The actress was reunited with her family in August. Photo: Instagram/Tammin Sursok

"It was incredible to come back because I haven't been home for a couple of years," she said.

"What's been very difficult is, one of the main reasons for my coming back was obviously work but also the chance to see my parents, but that hasn't been the case because of the lockdowns."

"I know a lot of people are in the same position so I think we're all mourning the loss of seeing people we love.

"That's been really hard [...] But the most important thing is to keep people safe and to try to get these cases down."

Since then, she has reunited with her mum and dad, posting a tearful video to Instagram about the reunion.

"After 2.5 years, I'm finally with my family again," she wrote in the caption.

"We couldn't come into Australia for almost two years and then when we did, there was a surge and the borders closed the second day we arrived in hotel quarantine. We were in the same state for 6 hours but were not able to see each other."

"I'm never letting them go," she wrote, adding that her heart is with others who are still separated from their loved ones.

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