Sochi Olympics shootout hero T.J. Oshie is facing a different and far more stressful battle off the ice.
In an interview with the TODAY show Friday morning, Oshie opened up about his newborn daughter’s battle with a birth defect called gastroschisis, a condition in which the infant is born with the intestines on the outside of the body.
Oshie and his fiancée, Lauren Cosgrove, were made aware of the baby’s condition when it was discovered during a routine ultrasound and knew the little one would have to have surgery as soon as she was born. The CDC estimates the condition affects 1,871 babies a year in the United States, but has a high survival rate.
The TODAY show reports that baby Lyla has successfully undergone surgery, is eating normally and is expected join her family at home early next week.
Proud Dad Oshie has been tweeting adorable pictures of Lyla as she recovers in the hospital.
As any hockey player will tell you, pre-game naps are crucial.
“She’s adorable,” Oshie gushed to the TODAY show. “You catch yourself just holding her for two hours and looking at her the whole time.”