On the very early morning of January 17, 2019, Kristina Neuharth started to experience stroke-like symptoms while approximately 29 weeks pregnant. New England, ND ambulance responded and transported her to CHI St. Alexis Health in Dickinson where she was diagnosed with a brain bleed. Kristina was then airlifted to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND where a team of doctors assembled to treat and assess her condition as well as the health of her unborn child. After an MRI and further testing, Kristina was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia, in which the pregnancy was causing high blood pressure and other complications. The OBGYN on the medical team decided the best course of action was to perform a very risky C-Section to deliver the baby at just 29 weeks of gestation. At 2:45pm on January 17, Kathryn (Katy) Virginia Neuharth was born weighing 1lb 14oz and was just under 14 inches long. The OBGYN reported that the C-Section was unremarkable, and that Kristina's vital signs were stabilizing upon delivery of Katy. Care has been turned over to neuro-surgery who continue to monitor the bleed in Kristina's brain as she begins the healing process. Kristina continues to remain in stable condition. Katy has been admitted to the NICU at Sanford Fargo and has very strong vital signs as she continues to grow outside the womb. Katy joins two older sisters who are currently being cared for by their grandparents in South Dakota. Colin, Kristina's husband has been working to get details and support squared away at the hospital, as well as continue to be present with Kristina and Katy. Continuous prayers for health, recovery, and well-being are very much appreciated for all involved.
Colin and Kristina Neuharth currently reside in New England, ND. Colin serves as pastoral intern for Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in New England and Zion Lutheran Church in Regent, ND while studying seminary to pursue ordination as a Lutheran pastor, while Kristina is a stay-at-home mom. Colin and Kristina are dedicated parents to Kjerstin (age 5), Kaelyn (age 3), and Katy (newborn/preemie).