Josie Bates has an update on the condition of her newborn daughter.
Unfortunately, it is not particularly positive.
As reported earlier this week, Bates and Kelton Palka welcomed their second child this past weekend — about a year after losing a baby to a miscarriage.
“Welcome to the world, Hazel Sloan!” Bates wrote as a simple way to confirm the blessed news.
She added of the baby, who weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 18 inches tall:
“After many months of dreaming about what it would be like to be a family of four and anticipating Hazel’s arrival, we are so excited to finally meet her!
“The birth went smoothly thanks to the amazing delivery team of Dr. Brabson, midwife Laura, and the kind nurses at Tenova North Maternity Centre.
“We are so grateful and relieved that our precious baby girl is healthy and here in our arms.”
On Wednesday, however, a member of the Bringing Up Bates team shared on Instagram that little Hazel is currently in the NICU after developing a “type of jaundice” linked to a “rare blood condition.”
“A routine blood test in the first trimester of pregnancy revealed that Hazel’s pregnancy was complicated by an extremely rare blood condition, unlike anything doctors had seen before,” the 21-year-old explained as commenting on the following shot.
“Mainly for unknown reasons and possibly as a consequence Our previous miscarriageJosie and Hazel’s blood were fighting against each other.”
“We consulted with specialists, arrived, and put the life of our little daughter in his loving hands.
“God answered the prayer, the odds were overcome, and all tests began to be greatly reassured.
However, shortly after her birth, she began to show signs that her body needed extra help due to the complications of her condition.
“She developed a form of jaundice unique to her condition, and we moved to the NICU Children’s Hospital in the early hours of the morning, where she is monitored by teams of highly skilled doctors and nurses.”
The reality star, who is also a mother to 22-month-old daughter Willow Christie, added that the newborn was “stable in every respect”.
However, she still needs “supportive care to help lower her bilirubin levels, while her body slowly clears the antibodies that are fighting her blood.”
“We thank God for his mercy and pray that her condition remains stable and improves,” Bates concluded.
“We desire your prayers with us and are so grateful for the love and community that surrounds us here.”
Bates announced in January that she and Palka were expecting their second child.
“Our hearts are full of gratitude, and we couldn’t be happier and more in love with the idea of being parents again!” Writing at the time, Bates posted a montage of photos from a photo shoot filled with clip art.
A month later, the husband and wife announced that another girl was on the way.
“God has answered many of our prayers during this journey, and it has been a very emotional and tender experience,” Bates wrote shortly after Hazel was born.
We will continue to keep Josie and her loved ones in our minds.
We are thinking of you guys.