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Heartache for Olympic Hockey Star and Fiancee After Daughter Born with Rare Birth Defect

It was a moment of pure joy mixed with a touch of heartache for Olympic hockey star, T.J. Oshie, and fiancee, Lauren Cosgrove, when they welcomed their baby girl, Lyla Grace, into the world on March 17. The tiny infant was born with a rare stomach condition, and her parents have not left her side since her birth on St. Patrick’s Day.

Baby Lyla was born with a condition known as gastroschisis, which means her intestines were located on the outside of her stomach.

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Resilient Little Angel: Lauren Cosgrove posts picture after Baby Lyla’s surgery last month
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Treatment was promptly initiated shortly after her birth, as Cosgrove explained in an Instagram post. Immediately following Lyla’s birth, doctors placed a protective “silo” around the baby’s intestines outside the abdomen, then slowly pressured the herniated intestine back into the abdominal cavity, utilizing a belly band.

Once the intestines were successfully place back into the abdomen, Lyla underwent surgery to close the cavity.

‘Now we wait to see if she takes to feeding well,’ Cosgrove wrote. ‘Thanks again for all of the prayers and well wishes, we really, really, appreciate the support.’

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2,000 babies are born each year in the United States with the birth defect and there is a ninety percent survival rate.

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Cosgrove says Oshie has been exceptionally supportive and optimistic as they deal with their daughter’s condition
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T.J. Oshie Twitter

Friday morning, Cosgrove will make an appearance on the Today Show where she will give her personal account of little Lyla’s incredible journey thus far.

‘She’s been doing better than we could have ever hoped,’ Cosgrove told TODAY in a preview excerpt of the interview.

‘It was really upsetting,’ Cosgrove said. ‘It was tough at first.’

Oshie has been her ray of light, supporting her whole-heartedly and remaining positive throughout the challenging ordeal.

‘I’m usually a little more pessimist and he’s more optimistic,’ she said.

The couple made news headlines last year when Oshie was selected to play on the U.S. Olympic Hockey team.

Shortly before leaving for Sochi, he proposed to Cosgrove on their third anniversary. Since she was in her final weeks of pregnancy, Cosgrove was unable to make the trip to Sochi and had to cheer on her soon-to-be husband from home.

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Proud Daddy, Olympic Hockey Star, T.J. Oshie and Baby Lyla Grace
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Oshie proved to be an exceptional addition to the team. He was the driving force that helped the U.S. propel past Russia in the tournament when he won a shoot-out against the team.

Here’s wishing this Olympic hero and his new family all the best as they continue to draw strength from their beautiful baby girl.

Heartache for Olympic Hockey Star and Fiancee After Daughter Born with Rare Birth Defect


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