'DWTS' Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy Had to Take Newborn Son to the ER
'DWTS' Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy Had to Take Newborn Son to the ER
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's baby boy Shai might be happy, healthy and attending his mother's Dancing with the Stars practices now but there was a health scare shortly after he was born. In an interview with ABC News Maksim shared that they had to take Shai to the ER shortly after he was born and it was a "big shock."


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There are no long-term effects but when Shai was only a couple weeks old, Maks and Peta became very concerned. "He was a couple weeks old and ... we enjoyed that whole week. It was amazing, and then he got a fever and we had to go ... to the emergency room," the first-time father said of the experience. 

"We were so like not prepared for the protocol [and] procedure that happened at the emergency rooms with infants that small," Maks continued. "Nobody really ever told us anything about that. It was a big shock to the mind and to the heart. You start to see a little IV on a little baby and you're like, 'Oh my God, this is crazy.' And then we had to travel and fly back to LA after this just happened. It was a lot for us."

The incident may impact how much Shai is seen on the upcoming Dancing with the Stars season 24. While both Maks and Peta will be competing, Shai may be left at home and not backstage during the season. "We've gone through a lot of stuff with him already -- some drama and traumatic experiences. That's why I'm kind of like, 'Let's not take him on set,'" Maks explained. 


"It made us be that [much] more diligent," Chmerkovskiy said of fatherhood. "I'm such an overprotective, over-thinking, over-planning type of person. [But] you can't foresee some things; you can try your best."

If Shai doesn't show up on camera for Dancing with the Stars, fans will always have Maks' and Peta's Instagram accounts to coo over. It's there that Shai is a frequent and adorable presence. 

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(Image courtesy of Maksim Chmerkovskiy / Instagram)