Isla Mae Countryman

First post: Jul 2, 2021 Latest post: Jul 14, 2021
Isla Mae Hope Countryman was born on June 30th, 2021 at 35 weeks old via emergency c-section. She was transported immediately and is currently staying at the Humphrey’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Stormont Vail Hotel in Topeka. (This is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from Fort Riley.)

While I was pregnant we went to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka for being a high risk pregnancy. We learned that Isla Mae has congenital absent fetal ductus venous. Isla Mae was missing this oxygenated blood vessel her entire time in utero. Because she was missing this blood vessel and came prematurely she still has small holes in her heart that they are monitoring hoping they will close on their own. She also has aortic stenosis. This means her aorta valve has a small, tiny arch and is very narrow. This makes it difficult for her to pump blood properly.

Upon arrival at Humphrey’s NICU, Isla Mae struggled with breathing on her own, eating on her own, jaundice, fluid in her lungs, maintaining her body temperature, and maintaining her heart rate and oxygen levels.

She is currently working on keeping her jaundice down, maintaining her heart rate and oxygen levels, and trying to eat on her own (the hardest step.)

We have no idea how long this stage of her recovery will take us. Her original due date was July 30, 2021. That’s about her anticipated discharge date currently. Upon discharge she will be following closely with a cardiologist.

We love you all. Thank you for your support.