Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory gave birth to a baby girl on Monday.
Gregory did not publicly announce the pregnancy, posting on Facebook that she wanted to keep it private. However, when Ryleigh Michelle arrived “too early,” according a post by Gregory’s mother, both Rebekah and her mother Tina took to Rebekah’s Facebook page to share the news.
Gregory went to the hospital Friday with back pain and ended up in preterm labor. According to Gregory, she and her husband Chris Varney “not only almost lost our baby, but came too close to losing my own life as well.” Gregory was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. But she says her child is on a ventilator and “struggling each day for life.”
“That is about the time when privacy goes out the window for me and I am once again forced to just be human and ask for help,” wrote Gregory.
The family is asking for prayers.
They say they know how powerful prayer can be. Gregory was near the Boston Marathon finish line when a bomb went off less than 10 feet away from her. Her left leg was amputated in 2014 after multiple surgeries. Gregory said she’s “been shown the hearts and souls of million across the world in the last 3 years.”
“She is a fighter,” wrote Tina Gregory about Ryleigh.” Someone said ‘Boston Strong’ by default. I would agree. While we were in Boston, we saw God at work in Rebekah’s life. We were humbled by the miracles we witnessed as we requested the prayers of His people.”
The family is asking people to pray for the baby’s lung development and for her bilirubin levels to normalize.
In January, Gregory announced her marriage to Varney, her college sweetheart. Gregory also has a son named Noah.