April 22, 2009 / 7:44 PM / 10 years ago

Charlie Sheen says premature twins "doing great"

Actor Charlie Sheen accepts an award during the taping of the 2008 "NCLR Alma" awards at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California August 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen says his newborn twin sons are “doing great” and that a reported heart problem suffered by one of boys was a normal occurrence in premature babies.

Sheen’s sons, Max and Bob, with third wife Brooke Mueller Sheen were born seven weeks premature in March. Max remained in hospital for more than three weeks because he was underweight and was allowed home only two weeks ago.

“They were 7 weeks early so things were still developing. Max has something called ejection fracture,” Sheen told celebrity TV show Entertainment Tonight in an interview that will air on Thursday.

“It’s the volume at which the heart pumps and how much blood the heart can pump. There wasn’t anything that any other premature child, especially a twin, doesn’t normally go through. Things are gradually going toward normal,” the “Two and a Half Men” sitcom star said.

Mueller said their arrival, after a pregnancy in which she suffered from preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, was “scary.”

“I went to the NICU to see them and words can’t express how amazing and shocking to see two human beings that came out of me. But I was scared. Our babies had so many tubes on them, it was frightening,” she said.

The couple said the babies were now “doing great” with Bob looking identical to Charlie Sheen and Max resembling Sheen’s actor father Martin Sheen.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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