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ESPN host Laura Rutledge shares update on 7-month-old son airlifted to hospital on Christmas

The baby no longer requires any surgery, and Rutledge said his pain level has "lessened significantly."
Laura Rutledge broadcasts live prior to the college football Playoff Semifinal game.
ESPN host Laura Rutledge.Michael Wade / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

ESPN host Laura Rutledge said Wednesday her son has "a long recovery ahead" after he was airlifted to a South Carolina hospital on Christmas Day.

Rutledge, the host “NFL Live,” said Monday on X that she and her husband "got to take our baby home after a hospital visit today."

The post featured photos of the 7-month-old boy on a helicopter wearing headphones, then in a hospital attached to monitors.

She said her son, Jack, was airlifted from Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in Charleston. She did not share any details of the health scare.

"I write this grateful for the miracle that occurred for him while also knowing so many of these stories don’t have happy endings," Rutledge said Thursday, adding, "Thinking of all of you who have endured far worse."

She said Thursday they "received a positive report" from Jack’s doctors. Her son doesn't require any more surgery, and his pain has "lessened significantly," she said.

"He has a long recovery ahead but they expect full healing!" she added. "It sure is good to see this sweet smile again."

In her Christmas Day post, Rutledge said she wanted to "shout out amazing care we received from doctors, nurses and medics working on Christmas," adding that both hospitals they were seen in "were so kind and acted fast."

"Lauren, Eric and Justin with Airlink Novant Health treated our little guy like he was their own and offered reassurance at the scariest moments," she said on Christmas Day. "Thank you to the strangers that stood by us today. First responders are amazing."

Jack was born May 25 to Rutledge and her husband, Josh Rutledge, joining their 3-year-old daughter, Reese.

"Reese is entering her big sister era in May," Rutledge posted in February.