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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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our sweet angel baby

After 18 days on this beautiful earth, our sweet baby earned his angel wings tonight at 11:56 while David and I held him. They had done everything they could for him throughout the day, but he was not responding and David and I made the gut-wrenching decision to allow Maxton to go to heaven and be with God. I am completely heartbroken over this but we had to put Maxton before ourselves and he had just fought so hard he wasn't able to fight the newest battle. We had prayed that God would let us know when it was time and about 1 mintue later there was a knock at our door to discuss the day. We knew our little warrior was not able to win the battle. We are currently considering arrangements and will be sure to post them. We want to thank everyone for praying for our son. I know that he has touched many people and has accomplished so much in the past 18 days. I know I have said this before, but I cannot begin to describe how much Maxton's life has meant to me and my husband. We will never be the same people and have been changed for the better. We could have only hoped to share this with Maxton while here on earth, but know that we will be able to hold his beautiful little soul again in heaven. Thanks so much for praying for us.


mummy to angel SKYLA said...

I am so sorry to hear about sweet Maxton. He sure put up a tremendus fight for 18days on earth. He has touched the hearts of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kristy, mum to angel SKYLA, LCDH

A simple being said...

im so sorry to hear of maxton's passing, i too had to make that heartbreaking descion. please know that you are in my heart, my thoughts and my prayers as you embark on yet another leg of this journey with maxton...your love for him will never end he will continue to enrich your lives and those around.

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

Our hearts are just breaking for you guys.We are still praying for you!

Kenna said...

We are praying for you all. Mom and Dad are in San Antonio with me for the week but I wish we could be there for you and David. Baby Maxton is an amazing sweet angel that has impacted so many people. Just know I am always here for you though we are miles apart. I love you all so much and continue to pray daily. I'm lost for words...just wish I could be there for you. Know that Baby Maxton's strength came from his Mommy and Daddy. All my love and prayers, Kenna

Dotty said...

i am so sorry to read that Maxton chose wings, he was such a fighter, and had an incredible spirit. He has touched many lives and reached many hearts. His life may have been short here on earth, but his legacy will go on.
my prayers go out to you,God Bless

Elizabeth said...

Ashley and David,
Maxton is a warrior and such an amazing spirit - that never dies. He will always be in your hearts and ours too.

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers,

Joy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet little one and will still be praying for you...

Vincent said...

Ashley and David,
We don't have words that can express how heartbroken we are for you two and your families. We know you did everything humanly possible for your precious Maxton. We, too, don't understand why he had to go to heaven so soon. But now our prayer for all of you is for "the peace that passes all understanding". We love you like our own.
Vince and Pam

Sue mom to Emily LCDH 1-22-08 said...

Ashley and David,
Tears stream down my face as I read about your sweet Maxton. I know we've never met, but as a mother to a CDH survivor I feel this very strong connection to all the CDH families I read about. Each time another baby goes to heaven I struggle with the "whys". My heart aches for you and the pain you must be feeling. I like to think that a CDH baby, Daniel, who is so special to me is up there taking care of the new angels. Silly I guess, but it works for me.
All those you loved who have gone to heaven are with your baby now loving him and taking care of him. Take care of each other.
I will keep praying for your family.
God bless you all.

Jenn said...

Ashley and David,

From two people who have never met you, we are so touched and blessed by your strength and never-ending love for your son. You truly have made me a better Mom. My husband and I pray for you several times a day and will contine to do so, as will the school where I teach. Please know that Maxton made an incredible impact on our lives and that his wings will help others with CDH. We are so sorry that your have lost him here on earth, but his love and spirit can do far greater works from Heaven. Words cannot express our sympathy.

Mike, Jenn, and Callie Walton
friends of Ashley and Brett Hackshaw

FaithCDH said...

My heart is breaking for you. Know that we are all thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.

mommy to ^Faith^ LCDH

theparkerreesefoundation said...

Our hearts are breaking for y'all. Please know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today and always.

If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Ashworth Family said...

Ashley, I am so sorry. My heart is just broken over this news. I wish I could think of the perfect thing to say to bring you peace and comfort, but I know there are no words. Only time can do that.

This morning, when I went to change Davis' diaper, he reached one arm up as high as he could and wiggled his fingers. I think he was waving to Maxton.

Please know we are thinking of you.

DrmCtrsLtSl said...

i am so sorry, my heart is crying. max you fought as much as you could. i am at a loss for words. i'm so sorry. i love you guys. many prayers.

Rhonda in KY said...

We are so sorry to hear about Maxton. He put up such an inspiring fight. God bless you all.

With heartfelt sympathy,
Love & prayers,
Rhonda, Trey, Johnny & Paula

Jaime's World said...

David and Ashley,
We are so sorry to learn that Maxton grew his wings last night. Please know that you guys did absolutely everything you could for him and he fought very hard. You are great parents.
We are sending you many prayers of love and support today and in the days to come.
With deepest sympathy,
Sheryl & Tom

casau said...

Ashley and David,, my heart just breaks for you guys!!! maxton WAS a fighter! like all of these kiddos are! my thoughts and prayers for all of you!!!

Carissa said...

My husband and I hold your story close to our hearts and admire your strength!

Shane, Carissa, and Kaitlyn
Family of CDH Avery due 5/09

Liz and Shane said...

We are heartbrocken for you. You are in our prayers.

Jenn said...

Ashley and David,

Sorry for a second post, but we wanted you to know that we just made a donation to the Parker Reese Foundation/House in Maxton's name. God Bless!

The Waltons

Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...

I am at a loss for words for you and David. Max fought so hard and I know you both are so proud of you little man. I am devestated by the news this morning and thought & prayed for you all night last night. Please know that I am here if you need to talk, or anything... Please stay in touch.

Irvin family said...

We are sorry to hear about Maxton.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Irvin's

Rachel said...

I am sorry to hear about sweet Maxton. He sure put up a tremendous battle for 18 days on earth. He touched so many hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Rachel

Owain's mommy said...

My heart goes out to you! I will always remember Maxton and his battle with CDH. He was one tough warrior!

Sending you lots of mental hugs


Tracy Meats said...

I am very saddened to hear that Maxton has gone to heaven. My heart is breaking for you. I am so very sorry for your loss of your sweet baby. Maxton is so beautiful and was such a strong warrior. You continue to be in my prayers.

Tracy, mom to Ian

Dawn at CHERUBS said...

I am so so sorry to read this. My heart just breaks for all of you. Whatever we can do for you, if you need to talk, if you need help planning the funeral - if you just want cry or scream or both. Your CHERUBS family is here for you. I really am so so sorry... we've been praying for Maxton for a while now and I just really thought things would turn out differently. You will remain in my prayers.

mom to Shane (1/28/93-9/11/99)

Aep said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family during this time.
Thoughts and prayers,
Mommy to Marco

Stephanie said...

I just can't believe it. Shawn and I are sitting here in shock. We truly thought Maxton would pull through this battle. God had a better plan for him. At present, God is holding him in his arms and cradling him. He will forever be an angel to all of us. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

Love, Shawn and Stephanie
Kamryn Hope's Mom and Dad

Sky + Carla said...

Ashley + David,

I am so so sorry for your loss. Maxton was definitely a fighter and he fought all he could. My thoughts and prayers are with you are your family. It is not easy and it's definitely not fair, but things will get a little better. Maxton is no longer in pain and suffering, and even though he was here for a short time his journey will be remember forever.

If you need someone to talk to I'm here for you.


~ Carla - Joseph's mami (2.3.09 - 2.26.09) - LCDH

Jaime Smith said...

Oh, Ashley and David, I do not even know what to say. I have followed your journey so closely hoping for a different outcome than ours. It breaks my heart to read this post today. I was sitting in church today and praying so hard for you all and something told me things just were not right and I needed to pray for you and David, I came home to check this right when we got home. Wow, he was trying to tell me Maxton was with him. He is with you all as you grieve. Know that Maxton has touched so many lives and we will never forget him!! If you all need anything at all we are here for you!

Love, Jaime, David, Reggan, and ^Ryann^

Amy AKA "Baba" said...

I am so very sorry. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Maxton was a little warrior whose fight will give so many others strength.

Liviana LCDH 1-18-08

Kenny and Jennifer Miller said...

Ashley & David,

I'm so very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

The Millers

Jonathan and Sarah said...

I am in tears...over Maxton & for you... I wish I could give you a hug. I am praying for you & praying for the HOly Spirit to intercede as I can't even imagine how I can specifically pray for you & your husband. What a special family you have become to me just in following your pregnancy & little Maxton's arrival. We will pray for you as you make all your decisions & that God will give you the strength & hope that only comes from Him.

Lauren and Nathan said...

We are so sorry to hear about Maxton's passing. It sounds like he fought very hard. We know your hearts are broken right now, but we are thinking about you and praying for you. You are on our church pray list as well. If there is anything that we can do or any way that we can help just let us know.

Lauren and Nathan Howard

Lauren and Nathan said...

You can email us and we will get back with you.

The Vierig's said...

My heart is aching for you. What a fighter Maxton was. My prayers will be for you guys tonight. So sorry for the loss of such a sweet angel!

Alex & Ingrid Houchin said...

Our hearts and prayers go out to you. What an amazing fighter Maxton was and what wonderful parents you two are! We are so sorry for your loss!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ingrid, Alex & Alina

Marion said...

My heart breaks for you. I know how you are feeling right now and I am available if you would like to talk or need someone to scream at (404-849-1800).

April Swarthout said...

My heart is hurting for you and your family. I am wordless. Your hoss is for sure in the hands of the healer and Greatest man known to me! On my knees for everyone! David and Ashley let GOD carry you through.


Angie said...

I am heart broken. Praying for you both to find peace with this and to lean on God and others during this time. He was such a fighter...please be proud!

Murray Sanderson said...

Prayers, prayers, prayers. I work with Becca Bilbo Dorris, and I am lifting you guys up. Having not had the chance to meet Maxton on this earth, I look forward to meeting this little fighter in Heaven someday. He sounds like a great little guy. You guys are impressive and I am thankful you are sharing your journey so openly.

The Bennett Family... said...

Ashley and David,
I don't know what to say. I wish this had not happened, but do know that Maxton put up a great fight and now he isn't suffering. He's up in Heaven jumping on the clouds and looking down at you smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

God Bless,
Debbie Bennett

Fer said...

I am so very sorry for your loss, You are in my prayers.

Donna said...

Our hearts ache for you and your family.
Please know our prayers are with you daily.

Union County Surgery

Tricia said...

I am so sorry to read this news. I can only begin to imagine what you're feeling right now. I am praying for your family. Maxton was a brave little guy and so handsome! With Love, The McDaris Family (Cadenne)

Kathryn said...

The whole team is heartbroken for you and David. We are so proud of what a good mommy you are. You truly did put him first and you will hold him again.

We love and miss you,
Team 335

Beatrice Blount said...

my heart is breaking for you as I read this. I have nothing to say but that I am praying for you and David.

Mom to Gabe and Ayla said...

I am so sorry to hear that Maxton earned his wings so soon. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time.

Mom to Gabriel (CDH Angel)

j87morrow said...

I am so sorry, I do not know much to say other then that, I am just in shock. I really thought Maxton was going to pull through, I am just so sorry. Our sons journeys were similar, but I still thought Maxton would make it, I am truly sorry. If you need to talk or vent I am here for you. God Bless you & your husband!

edensgate said...

Your "Chattanooga family" knows that we can say nothing to ease your loss but to say that we love both of you and pray for you to find comfort and peace. I keep telling myself that I do know two things: that someday we will understand why Maxton was taken and that God does not make mistakes. Impatient as I am, it is hard to wait for that understanding but it comforts none the less. Grandma, myself and Christopher wish that we could attend little Maxton's services but G'ma is not up to such a long trip and there is no one to help her when we are away. Please know that we are thinking of you.
Love always,
Grandmother, Christopher, & Leslie

Katie said...

I am so heartbroken to hear about little Maxton. Please know I'll be praying for you all.