Toledo newborn faces long road to recovery after emergency surgery days after birth

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - For first-time parents Katelyn Miller and Chris DeLuca, their baby girl is just as special as any newborn.

"She's an amazing baby," said Miller. "We love her so much."

But at closer look, baby Blake has a few traits that make her uniquely different.

"She puts up a good fight despite the things that she's been through," said Miller.

Blake has spent the first two weeks of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Toledo Children's Hospital.

She was born at full-term, but only weighed a little more than two pounds and measured 13 inches long.

"There's no explanation for it, you know," said Miller. "She had a strong heart, you know, everything was there developmentally."

After initially puzzling doctors with her size, Blake threw her caregivers through another loop just two days after her birth when she stopped eating all together.

"[We] didn't really know why," said Miller. "I mean, I figured it was because she was so little and didn't know how much she could take."

An x-ray showed baby Blake had a tear in her bowel and needed emergency surgery.

"Thank God for the nurse that knew to do a stomach x-ray and that they caught that so soon because we're not really sure what would have happened had they not caught that," said Miller.

Now in recovery, Blake will eventually need another operation to fully heal.

Doctors are even running tests to determine if she shows signs of Primordial Dwarfism, and growing medical expenses have made it hard to keep up.

"You don't really know how much of a financial burden it can be going through the process of everything medical wise," said Miller.

Family members set up a GoFundMe to help offset baby Blake's costs.

With donations already coming in, the new parents are extremely grateful.

"It's been very overwhelming having the amount of people who've shown the love and support for her and us," said Miller. "It means a lot."

It's through the generosity of others that these parents say helps them focus on what's important, raising their little girl.

If you'd like to donate to the family's GoFundMe, simply click on the link to the right of this story.