My mother de­fied calls to abort me, re­veals Bo­celli

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OPERA star An­drea Bo­celli has praised his mother for re­ject­ing the ad­vice of doc­tors to abort him.

The blind singer, who was di­ag­nosed with con­gen­i­tal glau­coma as a baby, has re­vealed his mother Edi was warned he would be born with some dis­abil­ity.

He in­ter­rupted a show to re­count a ‘lit­tle story’ of how a preg­nant woman was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal with ap­pen­dici­tis.

Af­ter be­ing treated, the doc­tors sug­gested the woman should con­sider an abor­tion, the Ital­ian singer re­vealed to his au­di­ence.

They had told her it was the ‘best so­lu­tion’.

‘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.’

Bo­celli, 51, does not ex­plain why doc­tors rec­om­mended an abor­tion at a time when it was still il­le­gal in Italy. The present law dates from 1978.

Nor does he de­scribe the med­i­cal con­di­tion with which doc­tors sus­pected he might be af­flicted.

Bo­celli, who has sold 70mil­lion records world­wide, lost his vi­sion com­pletely at the age 12 af­ter he was hit on the head dur­ing a game of foot­ball.

His ma­jor break came in 1993 when the pres­i­dent of Mi­lan’s Sugar Mu­sic record la­bel heard him per­form Nes­sun Dorma and in­vited him to record it.

The clip of 51-year-old Bo­celli’s trib­ute to his mother was placed on YouTube this week by an Amer­i­can pro-life group.

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