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Veteran Today star known for giving birth on live TV dies at 69: ‘She will be deeply missed’


Former Today show star Dr. Ric Porter died at the age of 69 from pancreatic cancer.

A prominent obstetrician and fertility specialist, Porter was well known to viewers as the host of Nine’s long-running 90s lifestyle hit Good Medicine.

Porter became famous in his own field of medicine as a member of the team of doctors who delivered the first IVF birth in NSW.

Porter later made headlines in 2003 when he became the first doctor to deliver a baby on live television.

Channel Nine News paid tribute to Porter in Saturday’s bulletin.

Former Today show star Dr. Ric Porter (pictured) has died aged 69 from pancreatic cancer. Porter, a prominent obstetrician and fertility specialist, was well known to viewers as the host of Nine’s long-running 1990s lifestyle hit Good Medicine.

«Some sad news tonight,» announced host Georgie Gardner before telling viewers of Porter’s passing to cancer.

Noting the doctor’s pioneering efforts in IVF, the network’s salute to the fan favorite continued: «During his career, he has delivered more than 5,000 babies.»

A sad-looking Gardner added: «He will be deeply missed.»

Porter joined Channel Nine with the debut of Good Medicine in 1993. It ran for nine years.

Porter made headlines in 2003 when he became the first doctor to deliver a baby on live television (pictured)

Porter made headlines in 2003 when he became the first doctor to deliver a baby on live television (pictured)

Porter became famous in his own field of medicine as a member of the team of doctors who delivered the first IVF birth in NSW

Porter became famous in his own field of medicine as a member of the team of doctors who delivered the first IVF birth in NSW

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Porter was part of a watershed moment in Australian television history when he led the team to deliver the baby live on television.

The caesarean birth took place at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital and was caught on camera by the Today show.

Presenter Tracey Grimshaw was inside the delivery room for the living cross, while Dr. Porter walked the audience through the procedure.

Spectators watched breathlessly as mum Leanne Cooper gave birth to baby Thomas Cooper.

Reflecting on the milestone in 2022, Porter told Today viewers: “It went so well, it was a great morning and a good result.

“The baby cried when it should have cried, mom and dad were happy. And Tracey (Grimshaw) was quite emotional through it all.’



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