Jimmie Allen's 6-Week-Old Daughter Zara Is 'Doing So Much Better' amid RSV Hospitalization: 'Off Oxygen'
Sharing a photograph of Zara on his Instagram Story, Jimmie wrote, "Zara is off oxygen, breathing on her own and doing so much better."
"Hopefully she stays like this and can go home soon," the best new artist Grammy nominee continued, then adding, "Thanks everyone for the week wishes, positive energy and prayers."
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On her respective Instagram Story page, Alexis, 25, also gave an update on her daughter's health.
"Zara has been struggling with some brutal symptoms of RSV. Our honey boo is starting to feel like herself again," she wrote alongside a selfie of Zara cuddled on her chest.
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Continuing to detail more, Alexis then wrote that Zara had been "weaned off oxygen for 12+ hours," and had "no coughing fits in last 24hr[s]," though she "still requires frequent suctioning but she is so so strong & is in great hands."
"Thank you to her Nashville pediatrician for originally diagnosing her on Monday," Alexis, herself a registered nurse, added. "Thank you lord & the EMTs/RT/nurses/doctors we have came [sic] across in these last couple days."
Alexis then posted a longer update to her Instagram, sharing photos and details from the family's difficult week.
"Time has slowed down for me this past week. I've been able to be present and more aware of the things around me. You never really think about the bad days you may go through with a child until you're right in those moments. On Tuesday night I was traveling on the tour bus from Nash to be closer to family knowing that Jimmie had a busy week with work. I wanted to be closer to him and have that support. Zara had been resting the majority of the ride but around 10 p.m. she woke up with a coughing fit for well over 10 mins. Knowing this is something we went through before, I decide to turn the shower on and let the steam help open her airways up a bit. Tried suctioning. Chest rubs. Nothing seemed to work," she wrote.
"At 10:30 Zara was unresponsive in my arms and turning color as we frantically ask our drivers to pull over and call 911. The longest 15 minutes of my life. My baby was so so tired her muscles had given up on her. I did everything under the sun to keep her awake and thank God it seemed to work. She was soon in the ambulance with oxygen and finally started to regain her color."
Alexis continued, "To the 3 EMTs who saved my daughter's life. I never got your names but I am so unbelievably thankful for you. To the nurses, respiratory therapist and doctors at U of M Shore Medical & AI DuPont - thank you for continuing to find answers and providing amazing care to my baby."
"To my community- THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the outpouring love and prayers you have given our family, I could not have got through this without your messages and support. Jimmie thank you for showing up & being here for your children, ALWAYS. I truly don't know how you do it but you always find a way!"
She added, "Mommies & daddies please go with your gut instinct. I wish I would've taken action sooner but I am so incredibly thankful to have another day of being her mama."
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Zara's health ordeal first began after she and her 20-month-old sister Naomi Bettie became sick on Sunday. (Jimmie is also a father to son Aadyn, 7, from a previous relationship.)
In the days that followed, Zara was then "rushed" to a local hospital, as Jimmie shared on social media Tuesday evening.
"Now thanks to the lazy doctors at a hospital in TN that just sent our daughter home, our daughter Zara lost color stopped breathing and is being rushed to another hospital," Jimmie wrote at the time. "Thanks to the amazing EMT team that brought back Zara's color she can breath [sic] again. Gonna be a rough night."
On Wednesday, Alexis shared a photo of their baby girl in the hospital. "The hardest days of my life," she wrote on her Instagram Story then.
"She is stable but still needing oxygen and suctioning frequently. Will give you an update once Z is healthy and heading home with us," Alexis added. "Thank you so much for all of your kind words and prayers. It truly means the world to our family."