Just last week, Cory Wharton and Taylor Selfridge announced the birth of baby number three. Their newborn daughter, Maya Grace Wharton, was born with a congenital heart disease, called tricuspid atresia, which requires her to have multiple surgeries. In his lengthy Instagram post dedicated to Maya, he revealed, "Maya has been diagnosed with tricuspid Atresia ❤️Tricuspid atresia is a form of congenital heart disease. It happens when the heart's tricuspid valve does not develop. This valve plays a part in the heart’s essential function, which is to pump blood between the lungs and body."
She received her first open-heart surgery on Tuesday and after a successful recovery process, the couple was finally able to take home their new born daughter!
The Best Birthday Surprise
When Wharton and Selfridge announced the news being pregnant, The Challenge alum wrote the sweetest words on Instagram. He captioned a photo, “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my 31st birthday. Each one of my kids have continued to push me into making me a better man, so I know you’re gonna do the same ❤️Throughout the years the satisfaction I get from raising my two lil girls is unmatched. The joy that they bring me, the excitement is unmatched. I truthfully feel like God has put me in a position that I’m so lucky & blessed to be in,” he wrote.
“As a kid my dad wasn’t able to be around, and I feel like that’s why I try and give you girls EVERYTHING that I have. I can’t wait to watch you grow with your sisters Ryder & Mila 🌸🌻 I’m telling you right now both those girls love you so much.”
He continued: “Taylor, I don’t know too many people to put up with me for as long as you have 😂 but no seriously, I love you bby & I can’t wait to start this adventure with you and continue to build this family up . I also wanna say thank you to my support system those ppl know who you are just know I love you all and I appreciate it everything you do for me 🙏🏽”
Maya Grace Is Born
Wharton, always keeping his followers updated on the gram, shared a heartfelt post of him with his daughter, born June 1, 2022. He wrote, "Maya Grace Wharton 👶🏽💓Don’t really know how to start this off there’s sooo much I wanna say, so much I’ve felt over the past week. As a parent, you’re, scared, worried, nervous, angry, sad, mad & you don’t understand why this is happening to your baby."
In the post he continued on to share the news about Maya's condition but, he also shared the positive side, about her successful surgery. " Maya had her first successful surgery on Tuesday and now she’s in the recovery process🙏🏽 She is doing very well, we can’t wait to bring her home 🏠 & show her the love that she needs. With her condition, it requires another two open heart surgeries one being at 4-6 months old and the next not being till she’s 3 or 4 years old. Right now we are all trying to stay positive & having that successful surgery on Tuesday is something to celebrate 🎉❤️. That’s one down, we have two left. 💪🏽"
He concluded the post, "This is Maya‘s journey and I debated for a long time on how I was gonna share this news or if I wanted to share this news. I think what made me wanna share her journey is all the positive stories we heard on YouTube & the Internet. If we share her story and can touch the next family that’s going through this, then that’s what we want to do.My juicy girl daddy loves you so much, you are so strong, everyday visiting you in Nicu isn’t easy but if that’s what it takes then we are gonna do that. We are always right by your side. I’m so proud of you for going thru all this. You have a story, and we can’t wait to watch your personality blossom, and I can’t wait for you to meet your sisters they have SOOOO MUCH love for you ❤️❤️ and they both are going to be incredible big sisters to you 👯♀️.We all LOVE YOU SO MUCHHH!!! We can’t wait to have you home, So you just keep recovering and before you know it you’ll be home with us🙏🏽"
After spending two weeks in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, post surgery, Wharton and Selfridge were about to take home their new baby daughter.
On Wednesday, Wharton shared a family photo of finally making it home from the hospital. He revealed, "We have had some dark days, but today isn’t one of them. MAYA got discharged from the hospital and we finally made it home 🏠 ❤️. Thank you everybody for all your uplifting words and prayers over the past days 🙏🏽.
Also, the father of three publicly thanked everyone who helped his family get through the tough recovery process. He captioned a post on Instagram, "Real quick I want to say thank you to all the nurses who looked after Maya & everybody made us feel as comfortable as we could in this situation 🙏🏽,” he captioned a video reflecting on their NICU journey. “& A big thank you to the CHD community and everyone for your positive messages✊🏽 I read all the stories and it just makes me feel a lot better so thank you.”