Andrea Bocelli sings tribute song to mother Edi who rejected doctors’ advice to abort him

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This Sunday marks Mother’s Day in Italy, the US and other countries around the world. And in tribute to his mother Edi, Andrea Bocelli has shared a beautiful lyrics video for his cover of the track Mamma. The popular 1940 song featured on Bocelli’s 2008 album Incanto and has been performed live by the Italian tenor on a number of occasions.

Andrea Bocelli was born in 1958 after his mother Edi rejected advice from doctors to abort Andrea because of concern he would be born with a disability.

From birth, the future star had problems with his sight and was later diagnosed with congenital glaucoma, before becoming completely blind aged 12 after an accident at a football match.

His mother’s decision to not terminate her pregnancy with him has inspired Bocelli’s own pro-life views.

Captioned underneath the lyrics video, the singer wrote: “The first word we learn how to say, the first sound to mean something, as if we see in her the heart and the secret of life itself from the start of our earthly adventure: mom!”

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Bocelli continued in his tribute to his mother: “She who, through divine grace, lives the generous mystery of birth, the sacred plan of giving shape and consciousness to clay.

“She, force and breath of the world, the most powerful messenger of Heaven, who teaches us what love is and what it is like.

“I’m thinking of my mother and affectionately of all mothers, of their unbreakable strength.

“I thank each of them and celebrate the natural setting where motherhood thrives: the family, where we learn and teach the young to choose the path of good. Celebrating Mother’s Day means celebrating life: today especially, but not only today, because mothers deserve it every day of the year. Andrea.”

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Speaking with The Big Issue in 2019, Bocelli shared how he owes his parents a lot.

The 62-year-old wrote: “My father Sandro and my mother Edi moulded my character, offering me an education that was invaluable during my whole life.

“Among the many teachings I received, I would mention the determination not to give up.

“This is what my parents showed during my mother’s pregnancy when the doctors advised her to have an abortion because the baby would be born with severe illnesses.”

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Bocelli added: “She ignored their advice and carried on with my father’s support.

Without their courage and faith I would not be here today to tell the story.”

In a video that went viral in 2010, the devout Catholic tenor was seen sitting at a piano in which he recounted “a little story”, which turned out to be the one of how his mother chose to have him.

He shared how his mother was mistakenly thought to have appendicitis and the doctors put ice on her belly to treat her before advising that she have an abortion.

Bocelli said in the video recorded for an event organised by a children’s welfare organisation: “But the courageous young wife decided not to terminate the pregnancy and the child was born. The woman was my mother, I was the child.

“I may be biased. But I can tell you it was the right choice, and I hope that this will encourage other mothers who are perhaps at a difficult moment in life but want to save the lives of their children.”

While he clarified to The Telegraph in 2011: “I am in favour of life. And, of course, personally, I do not share the idea of being able to interrupt life arbitrarily. But I cannot be the judge of those who decide in a different way.

“As much as I can, I show them an example and act as a role model, because I believe this is the only way.”

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