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TJ Oshie opens up about his newborn's recovery

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The Team USA star had plenty on his mind at Sochi.

Hockey player T.J. Oshie was trying to propel Team USA to victory in Sochi back in February, but most of those cheering for him at home were unaware of what was weighing on the mind of the St. Louis Blues forward.

Oshie's fiancee was preparing to deliver the couple's first child when they received news their baby would have a potentially life-threatening birth defect. The pair told Today that their daughter was diagnosed with gastroschisis, a condition that results in part of the intestine being exposed due to a flaw in the abdominal wall.

Modern medicine has increased survivability of the condition to 90 percent, but baby Lyla required surgery after being born on Mar. 17. Thankfully there were no complications and now Oshie can enjoy his baby daughter.

"She's adorable," Oshie told TODAY. "You catch yourself just holding her for two hours and looking at her the whole time."

Team USA may have failed to medal, but Oshie's 2014 couldn't be better.

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