Georgia Grace Rohde was born on Wednesday, December 14th at 10:45am at Northside Hospital in Atlanta (full term, 6lbs 10oz, 20 inches long). Mom is doing well, but Georgia was immediately admitted to the NICU at Northside and has now been transferred to the NICU at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for special care.
Georgia was born with an underdeveloped lower jaw, which puts her tongue in a position that blocks her airway. In some babies, this condition is purely anatomical and can be fixed with surgery (similar to a cleft lip/palate). Unfortunately, Georgia is exhibiting some additional symptoms that point to a deeper underlying issue. She's not showing some basic reflexes like sucking, swallowing, and gagging. She is also stiffer in her limbs than the doctors would like.
We initially tried to feed her Kristen's milk through a feeding tube to her stomach, but Georgia couldn't keep it down and began choking. Since she was unable to breathe or eat on her own, she was put on a ventilator and is eating via an IV.
Fortunately, we were able to get a transfer to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta this morning (12/17). This means we can begin to conduct additional tests to diagnose Georgia. Specifically, we're waiting for a full genetic array to check for chromosomal issues and an MRI to look at brain development.
There is also some good news: the sonogram of Georgia's heart came back normal and her airway seems to be fully developed. Kristen is also recovering well. Kristen's has already been discharged from the hospital (a day early), which means she can visit Georgia now that she's been transferred.
Georgia is stable for now, but it will likely be weeks before we fully understand what issues we're facing. Please pray for baby Georgia.