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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Picture: Getty Images

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been praised for supporting critically ill babies.

Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has publicly hailed the couple - who will welcome their first child in early July - for their generosity after they urged family, friends and well-wishers to make donations to the medical centre, near where Kanye grew up, in favour of buying them presents for the new addition to their family.

A spokesperson for the hospital told gossip website TMZ that the hospital wanted "to extend its sincerest gratitude" to Kim and Kanye for their "thoughtfulness and support".

"Funds donated on behalf of Kardashian and West will be directed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Fund, which will help care for the most critically ill babies and their families," the spokesperson said.

"We wish them all the best in the upcoming arrival of their baby."

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, who will give birth at Cedars Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, has warned people that the numerous baby registries that have appeared online are all fake.

The 32-year-old beauty is relaxing in Paris with her 35-year-old boyfriend of more than one year after flying there via private jet from Greece, where Kim was on holiday with her entire family.

The couple, who are keeping the sex of their baby a secret, were spotted shopping at designer stores including Givenchy, Ferragamo, Hermes, Celine and Lanvin.

They also had lunch at the upmarket restaurant L'Avenue on Tuesday.

Kanye has been spending a lot of time in Paris recently, where he is recording his new album.