Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas reveals he has welcomed a baby boy
30th December 2018

Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas reveals he has welcomed a baby boy with his partner but shares heartbreaking update that his son is in intensive care

  • The Olympic sprinter, 44, took to his Instagram on Sunday to share the birth of his first child, Teddy Ellis Thomas, revealing he was premature
  • Iwan shared several pictures of his son in a hospital incubator, writing that he ‘wanted to share with you some great and also horrendous news’ 
  • The TV star explained hours after his birth, Teddy was taken to intensive care at the Princess Anne hospital in Southampton after breathing problems 
  • Iwan revealed the child’s mother, who has not been named by the sportsman, is ‘doing great’
  • The Welsh sportsman has remained tight-lipped about the name of his partner, wanting to keep his private life and romance out the public eye 

Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas has announced the birth of his first child, a son Teddy Ellis Thomas, revealing he was premature after arriving a ‘little bit early and fast’. 

The Welsh sportsman turned TV star revealed the news on social media on Sunday, writing that he ‘wanted to share with you some great and also horrendous news.’

Iwan, 44, explained that hours after his birth on Saturday, Teddy was taken to intensive care at the Princess Anne hospital in Southampton after experiencing problems with his breathing. 

Dad: Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas has announced the birth of his first child, a son Teddy Ellis Thomas in a social media update on Monday

Sharing photos of his newborn son, whose mother has not been named by the sportsman, Iwan wrote: ‘My baby boy came into the World on Sat he’s so gorgeous I went home the happiest man alive that night only to be phoned to say he’s been taken to intensive care with trouble breathing.’ 


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‘Yesterday was the worst day of my life looking at my everything with tubes everywhere in an incubator. He is now beginning to breathe better for himself without full aid of machines, I now know what true unconditional love is.’

Iwan went on to thank the medical team taking care of Teddy as he continued: ‘I’m in bits worried but must say the staff here at Princess Anne hospital Southampton are truly amazing … not out the woods yet but I will keep you all posted.’

Baby boy: The Welsh sportsman turned TV star revealed the news on social media on Monday, writing that he ‘wanted to share with you some great and also horrendous news’

Health problems: Iwan explained that hours after his birth on Saturday, Teddy was taken to intensive care  after experiencing problems with his breathing.

‘Hopefully everything will be fine he just needs a little help as he came into the World a little bit early and fast probably so excited to get here knowing he’s going to have the most fun ever xx his name is Teddy Ellis Thomas and my new best friend ❤️ #nhs #thanks #love #baby,’ Iwan ended his post. 

Iwan has remained tight-lipped about the name of his partner, wanting to keep his private life and romance out the public eye. 

However, he did reveal in the comments section that the child’s mother is ‘doing great’, he said: ‘Mum doing great too.. tough time for all but she’s been amazing x.’

Several of Iwan’s fellow athletes, friends and fans were quick to share their well wishes and love for the trio. 

Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover, who lost one of her twins while pregnant in April and gave birth to a son in July, was one of the first celebrities to comment.

She said: ‘Sending love and strength to you all and your little one.’ 

Kelly Massey 

The former European and Commonwealth Games 400m champion had been keeping his Instagram followers up to date with the pregnancy since announcing the news in September. 

In the announcement video posted on social media Iwan is seen in a plush Lamborghini pulling up outside a closed garage door, as he tells his fans:

 ‘No secret, I love my cars, I love my gadgets. But what is a secret is inside that garage. I’ve cleared some space and got myself a new set of wheels because I wanted you to know about it first.’

The doors open to reveal a pushchair among the dry-ice mist. ‘Look, I know I never talk about my private life but this is some news we have to share,’ he said.

‘Absolutely buzzing, I’m going to be a dad.’

‘And the little driver will be here early next year. I will keep you posted along the way.’

He has also shared several baby scan images to his Instagram, sharing his excitement over the news.  

Big news: The former Commonwealth Games 400m champion had been keeping his Instagram followers up to date with the pregnancy since announcing the news in September

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