Golf pro Annika Sörenstam says her newborn son William Nicholas McGee, who arrived 13 weeks early this Monday, is already showing a “fighting spirit.”
Will, as mom calls him, arrived via a c-section after Annika suffered a placenta abruption and started having early contractions. He weighed just 2.12 lbs and measured 15 inches long at birth.
Annika, who also has 1 1/2-year-old daughter Ava with her husband Mike McGee, took to her blog to provide an update on her son’s condition.
“Will is in great hands with the incredible professionals in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital. He has already shown his fighting spirit, but like any “Preemie” the next two months are crucial. He will need a strong will with the challenges ahead, which is why we decided to call him Will. We would like to thank everyone at Winnie for their excellent care. We are optimistic that everything will be fine.
“As for me, all things considered I feel great. I am recovering nicely and hope to be home in a day or two. Thanks again for the support.”
Annika’s husband Mike also talked to Golf Digest about Will’s very early arrival, saying, “We value our family more than anything in the world and it was a simple reminder of how precious life is. We weren’t sad, just scared and tired.
“I remained calm and supportive in front of her, but inside I was very nervous. They wheeled her away and I finally broke down. I prayed until they allowed me to go in. I was able to hold her and by 6:33 little Will entered the world. Once they got him breathing, we were able to hold him briefly, but were obviously more concerned that they start whatever work needed to be done.”
Our best wishes go out to Annika, Mike, Ava and baby Will.
Thanks to CBS reader Victoria.