Nicoletta Mantovani had an emergency caesarean in her 31st week of pregnancy, reports CBS News Correspondent Sabina Castelfranco. Doctors had discovered that there was a lack of oxygen to one of the twins she was expecting.
Dr. Luciano Bovicelli, director of the Gynecological and Obstetrical Clinic at Sant'Orsola Polyclinic, said the surviving infant was breathing on her own. He called her condition good considering she weighed only 3.8 pounds at birth.
Mantovani, 33, also was doing well, Bovicelli said.
Mantovani had been told there was a high risk of miscarriage and that she could develop severe high blood pressure if she carried the fetuses to term, the hospital said.
"Faced with the complexity of the case and of the connected risks, Ms. Mantovani, with courage and uncommon determination, decided, together with maestro Luciano Pavarotti, to go on with the pregnancy," the hospital said.
The 67-year-old tenor and Mantovani have been living together since 1996.
Pavarotti has three children from his marriage to Adua Veroni.