Community supports single mother after son's diagnosis with abdomen disorder


Kensie Holcomb joins her mother, Emily, in holding newborn Jacob. The baby will require additional surgery after being diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, an abdomen disorder.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 06:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — After a week's stay at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Emily Holcomb is excited to bring Jacob, her newborn son, home.   

Her joy follows a brief scare.


Her second child's July 28 birth came with an unexpected turn. Thirty-six hours after delivery, Emily and a nurse noticed that Jacob — weighing in at 9 pounds, 1.5 ounces — had no bowel movements and refused to eat.

Doctors diagnosed him with Hirschsprung’s disease, which prevents bowel movements from passing through a child’s intestines due to missing nerve cells in the lower colon.

Medical specialists performed a procedure to allow Jacob to pass stool through a colostomy bag.

Now, "the worst is behind us,” Emily, who has been staying at the Ronald McDonald house, said.

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