Giggle and Hoot host Jimmy Rees has withdrawn from his stint on Dancing With the Stars after his baby son Mack suffered complications from a medical procedure last Friday.
Mack, who is just seven weeks old, is now in a stable condition after a tongue tie procedure reportedly went wrong. According to mum Tori Rees, a "main blood vessel" in the baby boy's tongue was cut during the usually routine procedure, and the baby had to be rushed to hospital.
She took to Instagram on Friday to share the traumatic events.
Asking for "loads of strength and love" from followers, Tori wrote, "I took him today to get a simple tongue tie fixed and the man cut a main blood vessel. He was rushed via ambulance to a hospital, needed CPR, blood transfusion and now we are in NETS going to children's hospital. Mack is on a ventilator. Please give him so much strength for us. We are speechless."
Please send my beautiful Mack loads of strength and love. I took him today to get a simple tongue tie fixed and the man cut a main blood vessel l. He was rushed via ambulance to a hospital, needed cpr, blood transfusion and now we are in NETS going to children’s hospital. Mack is on a ventilator. Please give him so much strength for us. We are speechless.
A network 10 spokesperson said of the popular star's exit from the show, "Jimmy Rees has made the difficult decision to leave Dancing With The Stars."
"His seven-week-old son, Mack, recently suffered complications during a routine procedure and is in hospital in a stable condition. Understandably, Jimmy has left the competition to be by his son, and wife Tori's side, during this difficult time."
Jimmy took to Facebook to update fans on Mack's condition and address his departure from DWTS, writing, "We are cuddling him tight as he recovers from a very intense, emotional and tough few days."
Statistics show that there has been a 420 per cent increase in the incidences of frenotomies - the procedure to correct tongue tie, or ankyloglossia - in Australia in recent years. It's a condition that restricts movement of the tongue which can affect feeding in infants and speech later on.
To correct it, the frenulum is cut, which allows greater movement of the tongue.
A study published in The Medical Journal of Australia which investigated frenotomy rates in Australia, revealed that in the ten year period between 2006 and 2016, frenotomy rates for children aged 0 to 4 "increased from 1.22 per 1000 population in 2006 to 6.35 per 1000 in 2016."
These increases have led some experts to question the procedure's effectiveness, with the study authors agreeing there is "little reliable evidence for the benefits of frenotomy" - especially where most cases are not "classic tongue-tie."