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Duggar miscarriage: '19 Kids' star miscarries, plans funeral

December 9, 2011 |  9:55 am

The Duggars. Michelle Duggar has miscarried. The child would have been their 20th

Sad news for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, stars of the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting." Michelle has had a miscarriage. The child would have been their 20th.

"We rest in knowing that even though our child has departed this life that we will one day see each other again in heaven," the Duggars wrote on the family website.

According to Jim Bob, the news of the loss of the baby came during a routine doctor's appointment. "Michelle is resting comfortably at home with the support of the entire family," the Duggar patriarch said in a statement.

The Duggars say they plan to have a funeral service and to give the child a name once they learn what its sex would have been, according to a report in People.

"I feel like my heart broke telling my children," Michelle told the magazine. "They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms."

The couple had announced they were expecting their 20th child on the "Today" show in November. This was the Duggars' second miscarriage. The first came during Michelle's second pregnancy.

The couple's 19th child was born three months premature in December 2009. The baby spent nearly four months in the hospital before going home in April 2010, only to be readmitted two days later. The child, Josie Brooklyn Duggar, is now doing fine.

In an interview with Radar Online in May, Michelle said, "We would love more!... I'm 43 almost 44 this September, I know that my mommy years are probably numbered and I don't know how many more children God will see fit to give me."

The couple said at that time they were considering adopting.


Welcoming baby No. 19 early

Michelle Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' suffers miscarriage

Duggars expecting baby No. 20; congrats, horror, finale ensue

-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: The Duggar family at the announcement of their 19th child. Credit: Scott Enlow / TLC