"I WANT another child and I’m not afraid to die to have one!"

That’s what MICHELLE DUGGAR, the mother of 19 children, has told friends and family members about her life-threatening quest for Baby No. 20.

Michelle, 43, developed preeclampsia – or pregnancy-induced high blood pressure – while she was pregnant with No. 19, daughter Josie.

As a result, Josie had to be delivered prematurely on Dec. 10 of last year – at just 25 weeks!

Michelle and her husband Jim Bob, 45, are devout Christians who do not believe in using contraception.

And the stars of TLC’s reality show 19 Kids & Counting want MORE children – even though they know the next pregnancy could kill her, say close pals.

"Michelle said she would gladly give her life to bring another child into the world," said a source close to the family.

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