ER star Alex Kingston only appreciated how fortunate she was her baby daughter didn't die during her birth - after a recent episode of the hospital drama highlighted how close things had been.

The 41-year-old British actress - who plays DR ELIZABETH CORDAY in the American programme - gave birth to daughter SALOME in 2001, but there was a knot in the umbilical cord, which was also wrapped three times around the infant's neck.

And Kingston was amazed when she read the script for a new episode of the TV show, and realised how near death Salome, now a healthy three-year-old, had been.

She says, "In a recent episode of ER, Noah Wyle's character, CARTER, has a baby which dies from the same condition.

"It didn't dawn on me how lucky she was until I read the script for the Carter episode, three years later. Salome only survived because I had such a long umbilical cord.

"I believe it happened because I was working so hard, filming through the night. I was going up and down in a helicopter and, of course, the baby can feel those things. I believe she got wound up - literally - by my working so much."

22/06/2004 15:17