Madonna, Rocco Doing Fine

Thursday, August 17th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Madonna and her son are fine, a spokeswoman said Wednesday, disputing tabloid reports that the newborn has a serious respiratory problem possibly caused by premature birth.

The pop singer and her baby, Rocco Ritchie, ``are home and they're well,'' spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg said from New York.

She declined to discuss specifics of the child's health.

The boy was born at an undisclosed hospital on Aug. 11.

``They were never in any life-threatening situation,'' Rosenberg said. ``The baby was released a couple of days ago (from the hospital) and everyone is well and thriving.''

The Mirror of London, citing unidentified hospital sources, reported Tuesday that the child had respiratory distress syndrome and was being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for complications with his lungs, kidney and liver.

The complications were consistent with the boy's birth three weeks early, the tabloid said.

The boy's father is British film director Guy Ritchie.