David Warner’s wife Candice reveals nightmare labour with newborn daughter after heart rate dropped ‘dramatically’

When Aussie cricketer David Warner and his wife, Candice Warner, released a photo last week to announce the arrival of their third daughter, Isla Rose, the family of five looked the picture of domestic bliss. 

The couple — who are currently in England for the Cricket World Cup — even welcomed their new addition in the famed Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, the same London facility that has birthed many members of the royal family. 

However, just 24 hours before the Warner family photo was taken, a nightmare unfolded inside the delivery suite after a birthing complication put little Isla’s life at risk.

In an interview with Woman’s Day, Candice, 34, revealed that Isla suffered a bad reaction to the drugs given to speed up her labour. 

“Everything was going to clockwork, until I knew something was very wrong,” the former ironwoman told the publication. “She didn’t like the drugs they needed to give me to bring on the contractions. It was terrifying.”

David Warner and wife Candice Warner
David and Candice are currently in England for the Cricket World Cup. (Instagram)

Candice revealed that 32-year-old David — the father of her eldest daughters Ivy, four, and Indi, three — did not leave her side throughout the entire labour, which lasted for 12 hours. 

“Each time I was contracting, her heart rate would drop dramatically,” she said. “For the final eight hours of a 12-hour long labour, the drip was on its absolute lowest level of the hormones. She just kept fighting⁠ — she’s definitely got the Warner gritty determination!”

The ordeal was made more traumatic for Candice because she was already haunted by the miscarriages she suffered following David’s involvement in the cricket ball-tampering scandal in March 2018. 

“After the two miscarriages in such a short period of time, we weren’t taking any chances,” explained Candice of why they chose the exclusive Lindo Wing. “We had serious complications as it happened, and thankfully we were in the best possible hands, with an amazing medical team of men and women who we are eternally grateful to for bringing little Isla into our lives.”

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