Marietta Memorial Hospital welcomes New Year’s babies

Trystan Taylor, right, embraces Hannah Thomas and their son Colt after his birth on New Years Day at Marietta Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

MARIETTA — Marietta Memorial Hospital delivered three bundles of joy to herald in the new year Wednesday.

Holden Thorla was the first to arrive to parents Bailee, 20, and Tanner Thorla, 21, of Racine, at 1:46 a.m.

Then, not to be outdone, two more boys seemed to the nursing staff on a mission to race each other into the world by the middle of the day.

Nathaniel James Tornes arrived at 12:35 p.m. to parents Grace Heiss, 19, of Waterford, and Gavinn Tornes, 19, of Beverly,

Colt Thomas Taylor arrived at 12:43 p.m. to parents Hannah Thomas, 22, and Trystan Taylor, 23, of Marietta.

Gavinn Tornes, right, snuggles up to Grace Heiss and their son Nathaniel after his birth on New Years Day at Marietta Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)


The youngest Thorla didn’t stay long in Marietta after his arrival via rocky labor.

“They sent him up to Nationwide in Columbus,” said Bailee. “My mom and stepdad are up there with him, and we’re headed up soon.”

She said her son was born at a healthy weight of 9 pounds 3 ounces, and 21 inches long–but his right clavicle was broken and he suffered from a pneumothorax (collapsed lung).

As of midday, he was reportedly doing well at the children’s hospital.

Holden Thorla was born at 1:46 a.m. on New Years Day at Marietta Memorial Hospital. (Photo provided by Bailee Thorla)

“We’re excited to have the first baby of the new year and just hope that he stays happy and healthy,” she said, heading to Columbus to join her son.


Weighing in at 6 pounds 8.9 ounces and 19.5 inches long, Nathaniel shares his middle name with multiple male members of his family.

“James is my middle name, and a lot of our family has it, too,” said Tornes as his son slept in Heiss’ arms.

Grandma Lora Heiss said she was over the moon to watch her second grandson’s birth and shares hopes and wishes for his future with her daughter.

“We just hope for him to know the Lord and live a good life,” said Grace.


The final new year’s arrival also blessed his parents with barely any tears.

“Even when the nurses mess with him, all he really does is growl,” said Thomas as she held her sleeping son. “He’s so calm; hasn’t really cried.”

That’s a stark contrast to the difficult pregnancy, she said.

“He just ran us through the gauntlet for nine months, first with the amniotic band syndrome, and then they were worried about his weight.”

Amniotic band syndrome is a rare condition caused by strands of the amniotic sac which separate and entangle digits, limbs or other parts of the fetus.

“It basically stopped the growth of his left arm just past his elbow, about halfway down his forearm,” Thomas said.

Thomas and Taylor said they were worried at first, assuming the worst and wondering why the challenge had happened.

“But then we read [about] a pro-football player, a pro-baseball player and even a pro-soccer player all who only have one hand,” said Taylor. “He’ll do just fine.”

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.


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