Prince’s Ex Mayte Garcia Talks About The Death of Their Son at 6 Days Old
It’s been 20 years since Mayte Garcia and Prince suffered through the devastating loss of their six day old son Amiir.
For the first time, Garcia is opening up and sharing her story on what was the most heartbreaking period in her life.
Amiir is Arabic for “prince” and was the much longed for baby of married couple Garcia and Prince. In her new memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, Garcia speaks about her passionate affair with Prince, the joy of discovering she was pregnant and the devastating loss of Amiir. The baby, born on Oct. 16, 1996, had Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, a rare genetic disorder, and lived just six days.
“I don’t think Prince ever got over it,” Garcia, 43 says about the loss of their child. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”
Just 22 when she got pregnant, Garcia says she began bleeding, after which a doctor recommended getting an amniocentesis to test for genetic abnormalities. Prince was against it after the doctor warned it carried a risk of miscarriage.
Instead the singer turned to prayer to help his baby’s health even though more complications become apparent as her pregnancy went on. Still, he continued to refuse medical intervention.
During one appointment, the obstetrician told them the ultrasound measurements were off and said, “It’s possible that we’re seeing a form of dwarfism.”
Writes Garcia, “My husband and I looked at each other and shrugged. ‘And?’ he said. ‘I’m totally fine with that.’ I laughed. Of all the possible outcomes that had been offered to us, this was the first one that didn’t terrify me.”
Garcia gave birth via c-section. Although the couple was initially ecstatic, it quickly became obvious that something wasn’t right.
“I don’t know how to describe the look on my husband’s face. Pure joy,” she says. “And then they held the baby up to those harsh lights. The elation on my husband’s face turned to pure terror.”
“They brought the baby over to us,” she continues. “He was curled on his side, gasping shallow little gulps of air. Because there were no lids to blink, his eyes looked startled and dry. I caught hold of his tiny hand, saying over and over, ‘Mama loves you, Mama’s here.'”
“‘Why is he not crying?'” she recalls Prince asking.
“Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities,” she writes. “The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in ‘cloverleaf skull,’ in which the eyes are outside the sockets. The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or pawlike appearance … I learned all of this later.”
Amiir underwent multiple procedures, though he continued to struggle to breathe. He died six days after his birth.
Strangely, in the week following Amiir’s death, Prince had Oprah Winfrey visit Paisley Park where she was granted an interview and a tour of the house. Winfrey had one mission that day- to find out about the couple’s baby. There had been no report of a birth and Garcia was clearly no longer pregnant. Prince instructed a devastated Garcia to get out of bed and prepare for the interview. There would be no mention of Amiir’s death. When Winfrey asked about their son Prince said everything was great. He had been dead for a week.
Garcia fell pregnant once more a year later but miscarried soon after. The couple broke up and Garcia is now mum to a girl she adopted 5 years ago.
Prince died last April due to an accidental opioid overdose. He was 57 years old.
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