Salman Rushdies daughter-in-law Natalie, 34, sent home after 12 days in hospital amid Covid battle – Daily Mail

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Sir Salman Rushdie’s daughter-in-law Natalie, 34, broke down in tears on Thursday as she was sent home after 12 days in hospital ‘fighting for her life’ with Covid.

In an emotional video shared to her Instagram account, the jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, was tearfully reunited with her baby daughter Rose Anastasia Clarissa, eight months.

Writing a lengthy caption alongside the clip, Natalie said she has a ‘long struggle’ ahead explaining that her lungs need to heal and that her liver has been damaged. 

Emotional: Sir Salman Rushdie's daughter-in-law Natalie, 34, broke down in tears on Thursday as she was sent home after 12 days in hospital 'fighting for her life' with Covid

Emotional: Sir Salman Rushdie's daughter-in-law Natalie, 34, broke down in tears on Thursday as she was sent home after 12 days in hospital 'fighting for her life' with Covid

Emotional: Sir Salman Rushdie’s daughter-in-law Natalie, 34, broke down in tears on Thursday as she was sent home after 12 days in hospital ‘fighting for her life’ with Covid

The singer emotionally added of going home to her family – husband Zafar, 41, and daughter Rose: ‘I have dreamed of this moment to see and hold my baby.’ 

Issuing an update alongside the heartbreaking video, Natalie penned: ‘Going home [heart emojis]. Finally after 12 days in hospital I have been released. I have dreamed of this moment to see and hold my baby. 

‘It is time to recover at home, I have a long struggle ahead of me building my strength, my lungs need to heal, my liver has been damaged, my body is covered in bruises I am now immune compromised and I have to rebuild my confidence. 

Battle: It comes after the jazz singer revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life with Covid (pictured)

Battle: It comes after the jazz singer revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life with Covid (pictured)

Battle: It comes after the jazz singer revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life with Covid (pictured)  

Reunited: In an emotional video shared to her Instagram account, the jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, was tearfully reunited with her baby daughter Rose, eight months

Reunited: In an emotional video shared to her Instagram account, the jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, was tearfully reunited with her baby daughter Rose, eight months

Reunited: In an emotional video shared to her Instagram account, the jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, was tearfully reunited with her baby daughter Rose, eight months

‘I am grateful to the NHS who were truly amazing who gave me the support I needed to fight this terrible disease.’

Signing off her post, Natalie wrote: ‘Thank you to everyone who has sent me a message I have truly been touched and reading them has given me strength during some very dark hours. 

‘I hope in time when I gain my strength I can thank you all individually. Be safe.’ 

The video shows Natalie in a wheelchair as she is reunited with Zafar and daughter Rose.

Home time: In the video, Natalie in a wheelchair as she is reunited with Zafar and daughter Rose

Home time: In the video, Natalie in a wheelchair as she is reunited with Zafar and daughter Rose

Home time: In the video, Natalie in a wheelchair as she is reunited with Zafar and daughter Rose

Mother and daughter: Picking up her baby daughter and cuddling her, the singer says: 'Hi, do you remember me? Oh my goodness me, you're so different. You're so big. Oh my gosh.'

Mother and daughter: Picking up her baby daughter and cuddling her, the singer says: 'Hi, do you remember me? Oh my goodness me, you're so different. You're so big. Oh my gosh.'

Tearful: Natalie then breaks down in tears as Zafar teases her and says: 'You can't cry!', to which the singer emotionally continues: 'Sorry, mummy went away for a bit.'

Tearful: Natalie then breaks down in tears as Zafar teases her and says: 'You can't cry!', to which the singer emotionally continues: 'Sorry, mummy went away for a bit.'

Mother and daughter: Picking up her baby daughter and cuddling her, the singer says: ‘Hi, do you remember me? Oh my goodness me, you’re so different. You’re so big. Oh my gosh.’

Picking up her baby daughter and cuddling her, the singer says: ‘Hi, do you remember me? Oh my goodness me, you’re so different. You’re so big. Oh my gosh.’

Natalie then breaks down in tears as Zafar teases her and says: ‘You can’t cry!’, to which the singer emotionally continues: ‘Sorry, mummy went away for a bit.’  

The star also issued updates to her Instagram Story where she shared an emotional video of herself in her hospital gown before going home.

Natalie said: ‘This is the first time I’ve been able to look out of the window in two weeks being here. I haven’t seen my baby.’

Updates: The star also issued updates to her Instagram Story where she shared an emotional video of herself in her hospital gown before going home

Updates: The star also issued updates to her Instagram Story where she shared an emotional video of herself in her hospital gown before going home

Updates: The star also issued updates to her Instagram Story where she shared an emotional video of herself in her hospital gown before going home

Difficult: Natalie said: 'This is the first time I've been able to look out of the window in two weeks being here. I haven't seen my baby'

Difficult: Natalie said: 'This is the first time I've been able to look out of the window in two weeks being here. I haven't seen my baby'

Grateful: Natalie then got emotional as she said: 'I can't believe I survived'

Grateful: Natalie then got emotional as she said: 'I can't believe I survived'

Difficult: Natalie said: ‘This is the first time I’ve been able to look out of the window in two weeks being here. I haven’t seen my baby’

'Lucky': The singer also said that she felt 'lucky' to have access to oxygen as there are many people in the world who are without it

'Lucky': The singer also said that she felt 'lucky' to have access to oxygen as there are many people in the world who are without it

‘Lucky’: The singer also said that she felt ‘lucky’ to have access to oxygen as there are many people in the world who are without it

Showing her bruised arms, the singer said: ‘Anyone worried about needles, Covid is worse.’

Natalie then got emotional as she said: ‘I can’t believe I survived.’

The singer also said that she felt ‘lucky’ to have access to oxygen as there are many people in the world who are without it.

Fighting for her life: Natalie revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life in hospital with Covid

Fighting for her life: Natalie revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life in hospital with Covid

Fighting for her life: Natalie revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life in hospital with Covid

Natalie revealed last week that she had been fighting for her life in hospital with Covid.

Urging followers to get vaccinated, the singer shared a selfie from her hospital bed – which showed her with her eyes barely open and a tube in her nose.

The jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, wrote on Instagram: ‘This is Covid. I have been fighting for my life the last week in hospital. I don’t have much energy but I beg that you get the vaccine.’ 

Family: Natalie married Zafar, the son of Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman, in June 2016. They had their first child on October 9 (pictured in 2019)

Family: Natalie married Zafar, the son of Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman, in June 2016. They had their first child on October 9 (pictured in 2019)

Family: Natalie married Zafar, the son of Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman, in June 2016. They had their first child on October 9 (pictured in 2019)  

She continued: ‘I got my vaccine text the day I found out that I had Covid. Wear a mask and socially distance yourself because the alternative is horrific! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers.’

In a warning to those who refuse the jab, she added: ‘To the anti-vaxxers, this is for you. You’re idiots. You’re putting yourself and other people in danger. This could be you.’

Natalie married Zafar, the son of Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman, in June 2016. They had their first child on October 9.

Among those to send well wishes was Irish singer Imelda May who wrote: ‘I am horrified to hear you’re having such a struggle to live! I send you so much love and strength. I hope you get home soon.’

Important: The jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, urged her followers to get vaccinated against Covid (pictured in 2019)

Important: The jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, urged her followers to get vaccinated against Covid (pictured in 2019)

Important: The jazz singer, who has a history of heart problems, urged her followers to get vaccinated against Covid (pictured in 2019) 

Natalie and her PR executive husband Zafar introduced daughter Rose Anastasia Clarissa to the world in November with a radiant photoshoot for Hello! magazine

The couple revealed that Sir Salman, 73, was one of the first family members to meet baby Rose after travelling to the UK from his home in New York in full PPE for 12 hours with two weeks of self-isolation in the UK. 

Speaking in a sweet interview, Natalie joked that her father-in-law is like the ‘baby whisperer’.

Natalie told the magazine: ‘Holding Rose in my arms for the first time was overwhelmingly magical. I can’t explain how much I love her.

She's here: Natalie and her PR executive husband Zafar introduced daughter Rose Anastasia Clarissa to the world in November after she gave birth on October 9

She's here: Natalie and her PR executive husband Zafar introduced daughter Rose Anastasia Clarissa to the world in November after she gave birth on October 9

She’s here: Natalie and her PR executive husband Zafar introduced daughter Rose Anastasia Clarissa to the world in November after she gave birth on October 9 

‘It’s a love I’ve never experienced in my life. We feel so incredibly lucky that she is here and healthy.’  

She added: ‘He [Sir Salman] is the baby whisperer. He picks Rose up and she’ll go silent and fall asleep in his arms, so we’ll definitely be using him for that.’

Elsewhere, talking about her birth, Natalie revealed that she had a C-section which she made ‘magical and calm’ by listening to her favourite jazz songs.

The singer shared that Rose was delivered to I’ve Got You Under My Skin and the next song was her wedding song to Zafar, Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable.

'Baby whisperer': Natalie joked at the time that her father-in-law, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, 73, is like the 'baby whisperer' (pictured in 2018)

'Baby whisperer': Natalie joked at the time that her father-in-law, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, 73, is like the 'baby whisperer' (pictured in 2018)

‘Baby whisperer’: Natalie joked at the time that her father-in-law, Booker Prize-winning novelist Sir Salman Rushdie, 73, is like the ‘baby whisperer’ (pictured in 2018)  

Natalie revealed she was expecting her first child with Zafar in May 2020, although she had suffered with morning sickness during her first trimester and lost a stone in weight.

The singer admitted that pregnancy wasn’t all ‘wonderful and glowing’ like depicted in the movies but rather ‘hard work’.

The pair have been together for over 10 years and married in New York in June 2016.

They are also the proud owners of an adorable dog called Pickle, who recently turned five. 

Happily married: Natalie and Zafar have been together for over 10 years and married in New York in June 2016

Happily married: Natalie and Zafar have been together for over 10 years and married in New York in June 2016

Happily married: Natalie and Zafar have been together for over 10 years and married in New York in June 2016 

 

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