Australian cricket star Megan Schutt and wife Jess Holyoake have welcomed their first child after an emergency C-section at just 28 weeks and six days.
Schutt announced Jess had given birth to baby Rylee Louise last Tuesday, with the newborn weighing just 858 grams.
“Our little miracle was born via emergency C-section,” Schutt wrote.
“From 24 weeks we were told our complications meant she could need to arrive anytime onwards.
“So for almost 5 weeks we had our overnight bags packed, wondering how far we could get.
“Now she’s thriving on the outside. A long road ahead but little miss is already smashing goals.
“Jess was/is one tough cookie, incredible to be a part of it all and I couldn’t be more proud of my wife.
“Already the amazing Mum I knew she would be.
“I am a lucky human to have two such beautiful girls in my life.”
Schutt revealed back in May that her wife was pregnant, with the due date initially slated for early November.
~ Rylee Louise Schutt 💕
~ 17/08/21 at 10:09pm
~ 28 Weeks 6 Days
~ 858gm pic.twitter.com/TfieNUNtDv
— Megan Schutt (@megan_schutt) August 21, 2021
Megan Schutt married wife Jess Holyoake in 2019
The cricketer has played for the national team as a medium-fast bowler since 2012.
Schutt recently opted out of Australia’s first international series of the season, due to begin on September 19.
Schutt and Holyoake married in March 2019 in their home state of South Australia.
At the time the cricketer celebrated the “best day of my life”.
“Just to have that moment was so special,” she told the ABC in 2019.
“Being able to call Jess my wife is a really important thing to me.
“Saying ‘partner’ is nice, but when having to explain that it’s a woman a lot of the time I think that often gets a reaction, which isn’t quite comfortable.
“Now we’re able to [just] say wife, flat out, and people know that’s the deal.”
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