The birth of a baby brings joy and excitement. The birth of
Layne Christopher Bushhorn brought all of that and more when
he was born on August 23.
Chris and Lisa Bushhorn brought their little bundle of happiness
home on September 1 after he was released with a clean bill
of health. However, a short time later, the couple found themselves
at Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati waiting for results
of what might be making their baby breathe so rapidly.
The couple was told that Layne had Congenital Diaphragmatic
Hernia CDH. This is a birth defect where the diaphragm does
not fully develop. In Laynes case, he had a quarter
size hole on his right side which allowed his intestines to
move up into his chest and restrict the formation of his right
lung, noted Chris.
On September 2 emergency surgery was performed to repair the
hole and move the organs back into place. He was in the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit, NICU, at Childrens Hospital in Cincinnati,
for 13 days. He was released to go home on oxygen and a heart
Then on September 30 the couple noticed things werent
quite right and rushed him back to the hospital where he was
in total respiratory distress. He was again admitted to the
NCIU and on October 6 had a more invasive surgery.
We have had many ups and downs since surgery, Chris
noted. He said from finding out that the baby has a heart condition
called SVT to having both of the babys lungs collapse
and a bout with pneumonia and a respiratory infection, they
know their baby has a long way to go. They said they also know
they are very fortunate because fifty percent of newborns with
this condition do not survive.
Layne continues to fight for his life, and his parents, who
also have a two year old at home, continue to travel and stay
as many hours as possible at the Childrens Hospital in
Last Wednesday, October 26 Chris had a wreck on the way to the
hospital, rolled his vehicle and had to be cut out. He is reported
to be in good condition. If all of this isnt enough, the
family found out last week that Layne may be facing another
The family of this couple have rallied around them with the
maternal grandparents, Paul and Linda Roell of Dillsboro, helping
out along with the paternal grandparents, Rick and Shawna Bushhorn
A benefit is being planned for this family to help defray some
of their costs at this time. It will be held December 4 at the
Napoleon Community Building from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will
be a dinner and silent auction. To donate to the silent auction
or help in any way, you can contact Shawna Bushhorn at 621-0826
or the babys great aunts: Ginger Bradford at 812-756-0778
or Sonja Samples at 689-5015. There has also been a fund set
up at The Napoleon State Bank in Laynes name if you would
like to donate there.
The family appreciates any support from the community at this
trying time in their lives.