There was an early celebration of Thanksgiving recently at Madison County EMS Station 1 in Danielsville.
They were celebrating the life of now 6-week-old Rylee Steed, who has gained two pounds and grown two inches since her birth on Oct. 4.
It was just two days after that birth when such a celebration didn’t seem in the cards for little Rylee, who went into cardiac arrest just after her parents arrived home with her from the hospital.
She’d been born a healthy full-term infant at St. Mary’s Hospital, weighing in at 7 pounds two ounces and like all new parents, Ronnie and Natalee Steed were thrilled with their beautiful little girl.
Mrs. Steed said she noticed Rylee seemed a little weak before they brought her home, but was assured it was just because she was a little jaundiced, as many newborns are.
“I let her sleep for a while (after they got home) and then I tried to wake her up to breastfeed her and couldn’t get her to wake up,” Mrs. Steed said. She said little Rylee’s eyes rolled back in her head when she lifted her up and she looked as if she might be seizing.
The Steeds live north of Ila in an area with poor cell phone reception, so they both jumped in their truck with their baby and began to head toward Athens.
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