Our son Maxton was diagnosed with left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) at his 19 week ultrasound. Maxton was born on 3/3/09 at Vanderbilt University. He fought hard for 18 days but earned his wings on 3/21/09. Maxton was an inspiration to many during his brief time on earth and has forever changed our lives. If your child is diagnosed with CDH, please feel free to contact us. Maxton may no longer live here on earth, but he will live forever in our hearts...

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Saturday, March 21, 2009


Maxton did great overnight but when I got here this morning they had just had a bad blood gas. Apparently his blood volume has dropped and he has some internal bleeding. They are trying to figure out where, but have not been able to as of yet- though the think it is likely in the abdomen. He is tolerating the bleed well, but that could change at any minute. Right now they are going to start giving him quite a bit of blood products to get his pressures back up (they are in the mid 40s) and hopefully get his heart rate down- it is in the high 170s-low 180s. The fellow told me that if the bleed is in the abdomen it should swell and the bleeding should stop if it gets to the point where the abdomen is too swollen. Please pray for my little man today as I cannot imagine losing him.


Tracy Meats said...

Praying that doctors are able to locate Maxton's internal bleeding and help him. Keep fighting Maxton!! Praying your little boy stays strong and overcomes this hurdle.


Dotty said...

Praying for you and Maxton and the doctors to figure out whats wrong and get things back on track!! hang in there Maxton!!

Sky + Carla said...

We are praying for Maxton. Remember that CDH is a roller coaster and sometimes you have your good days and sometimes your bad days. Maxton is very strong! His stats have been great since the beginning. I know is hard but try to stay positive and calm, they can sense it.

Maxton you WILL get better!!!

~ Carla - Joseph's mom (2.3.09 - 2.26.09)

Jaime's World said...

Oh Ashley and David,
I am so sorry to learn of this latest news. Maxton is such a fighter, we can't help but to think that he will overcome this as well.
We're praying very hard for his recovery from this. We are also praying that you guys have the strength and patience that Maxton needs you to have right now!
Best wishes,
Sheryl and Tom

Karla Holt said...

I have been following Maxton's journey as will continue to pray for him! Keep fighting Maxton!

Mom to Braden (RCDH, 3/13/08)