Support Layne Chesney and family

$83,955 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,545 people in 14 months
Created January 1, 2018
While most of us were celebrating a new year in 2018, Leigh Chesney has been stricken with a terrible tragedy: her young daughter Layne suffered serious injuries resulting in over 90% of her body surface area having third degree burns. It’s a very dark time for the family but by coming together we can help support them through this tragedy. Layne is being treated at Kendall Regional burn center in the Miami area.

Leigh Chesney and her family are close friends of my wife and I, our neighbors, and all around good people. My wife Dianne works closely with Leigh, who is also a teacher. Please be generous!
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3/23/19 from Leigh Ann Wirz Chesney:
Not too much to report about today.
Layne had a productive surgery, and many areas were covered. She's been resting all day and not feeling the greatest. She's experiencing extra pain and is very nauseous. However, tomorrow should be better... surgery days and pain days just take a lot out of all of us.

Prayers for:
new grafts to take
Skin coverage
wound healing
pain management
nausea relief
restorative rest

#laynestrong #prayerworks
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3/21/19 from Layne’s mom Leigh Ann Wirz Chesney:
Layne had a very busy day! She went to the tub room in the morning, and two therapy sessions followed. She sat on the edge of the table mat, and worked on some range of motion exercises. Later, she was back up on the tilt table. She’s making slow and steady progress. She isn’t experiencing much anxiety before or during therapy. Of course, at times, she grumbles and complains but.... it could be soooo much worse.... She continues to enjoy music therapy while doing all the not so fun stuff.

We’re still working on getting her appetite to be more consistent. Some days she feels like eating, and there are some days that the taste of food just makes her nauseous. However, she is managing to gain weight and receive all the calories she needs.

Tomorrow, she’s heading back for more skin grafting. They will be using the Meek procedure to help maximize the area covered. Basically, her donor skin will be diced and stretched. They are hoping to cover areas on her back and upper legs. Lately, she’s been healing well and her grafts have been taking well, and we pray the winning streak continues.

Prayers for a restful night and extra prayers for all those who are in charge of her care. May they have all the wisdom and support needed to help heal Layne. ⚾️
#laynestrong #prayerworks #Godisincontrol
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3/16/19 from Layne’s mom Leigh Ann Wirz Chesney:
Layne has been doing quite well. No major issues. Her latest grafts look very promising. She’s been eating and drinking a lot. During the day, she has been awake and alert. However; today, she has been refusing to drink or eat anything. She’s spent most of the day sleeping. Not quite sure what has changed... Basically, she’s only been awake for therapy.

For the past two days, she’s been working on strengthening her core by sitting up on the table for around 30-35 minutes. There has been much disagreement on how to proceed with her therapy. Some people do not think weight bearing exercises are in her best interests, while others feel it’s safe to proceed. As her mom, I’m more conflicted than ever. I hate being in this position. I’ve decided that I’m not allowing her to participate in anymore weight bearing exercises until I have more information. We can thank her former facility for putting us in this predicament. Her bones are weak because of prolonged periods of inactivity and weight bearing activities. Therefore, it’s possibility too dangerous for therapists to proceed. I can’t allow her bones to crumple... Certain therapists don’t want to take on the liability and neither do I. She is scheduled to have a bone density scan this week to show exactly how deteriorated her bones are. Until the scan is complete and orthopedic surgeons have consulted with me, I can’t condone moving forward. Let me remind everyone, her current limitations were 100% preventable!

We are also at an impasse on how to proceed with further surgeries. In NORMAL cases, doctors work to cover the open wounds before beginning any reconstructive work. However, since it’s been over a year, and Layne’s wounds are not covered, things are now more unique and definitely more complicated. As a result, surgeons may opt to begin to release her neck, shoulders, and other functional areas, before continuing to cover her wounds. Definitely, not protocol...However, they have a BIG MESS to clean up. Typically, a 95% burn injury equals 95 days of hospitalization... Not what I was told, but it’s certainly what I’m witnessing in Texas. Damn hindsight... We should not be dealing with any of this! Layne should be at her home. Now, we are not looking at months, we are looking at years before my child will ever experience happiness again. Why?????

I’m sorry if I seem angry BUT I am angry. ... I’m angry for my child... I’m angry she was let down. I’m angry she was lied to. I’m angry she continues to suffer. I’m angry she wasn’t put FIRST... She is my EVERYTHING and I’m angry that she wasn’t theirs... #Justice4Layne

P.S. Her degree of injury was not unique or extra complicated. Unfortunately, it's seen everyday at major burn hospitals. However, it was complicated for an unprepared facility with limited experience and resources.

#laynestrong #prayforstrength #prayforpiece #prayforhealing
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3/13/19 from Layne’s mom Leigh Ann Wirz Chesney:
Layne had a very productive surgery on Monday. Additional donor sites were found and utilized. If these grafts prove to be successful, we’ll have more available skin to use. Praying hard for a good outcome. The more donor sites she has, the quicker we can get these wounds closed. She’s been resting and recovering over the past couple of days, but she’s been putting in some work too.

She’s been working with her therapists on much needed weight bearing exercises. Unfortunately, because it has been so long since she’s participated in these types of exercises, her therapists have to begin slowly. They don’t want to cause further damage to her ankles, so she’s been using the tilt table to help her get stronger. She’s up to 50 degrees and is able to stay on the table for 30 minutes. The height will increase as soon as the grafts on her chest heal. Until then, she can’t wear the safety straps around her chest. During her PT/OT, music therapy continues to come in and help to distract her with relaxing guitar and acoustic songs. That’s probably one reason why she looks forward to her therapy sessions. Whatever works... she certainly has a long way to go!

We are thrilled that she continues to eat. We were definitely surprised with how much she ate after Monday’s surgery. She has continued to introduce more and more solid food back into her diet. You don’t know how relieved I am... Her face is even starting to get chubby. Her coloring has also improved, and she’s gotten the spark back into her eyes.

This afternoon, she enjoyed a special visit from her friend Tyler. Nothing but smiles... !!! They are so much alike and share the same sense of humor. I’m sure under different circumstances they would make an interesting duo... Although the visit was short, it made her afternoon. We’ll definitely have to plan on having more visits before he leaves.

We also spent the afternoon opening cards and packages. I’ve got more post cards to put up on her walls. She likes to look at all the pictures. Her shot glass collection is rapidly growing. Her window sill is getting full of other various trinkets to. I’ve got to find more wall space to put up more inspirational quotes. Everyone always comments on how well her room is decorated. In opening cards, I noticed she has several groups of supporters in Mountain Home, Gladwin, and my (original) hometown of Auburndale. Thank you all for joining together to offer your prayers and words of encouragement to Layne. Also, thanks to all the softball teams who have sent cards, shirts, stickers, and balls to Layne. Her softball sisters are the best! Actually, all of her warriors mean so much to us! I’m glad we haven’t been forgotten. Also, thank you to everyone who has supported the T-shirt fundraiser. It will end again on the 15th, and orders will be shipped within 7-14 days. It will reboot again and continue until 500 shirts are sold. I am planning on doing another campaign in April in honor of her 16th birthday (which coming up on April 2). I am hoping to include a new design, kids sizes, and new shirt styles.

Please pray that her latest grafts on her arm, chest, and lower abdominal area are successful and a lot of them take. We’ll find out when her staples are removed in a couple of days. Also, pray that her appetite continues to increase so that she can get healthier and stronger. We definitely want her to put on some pounds. Most importantly, pray for her emotional well being. It’s hard on her to remain hospitalized and to know that she should have been home by now. Difficult for us to accept, but even harder for her to understand. She’s seen so many people come and go, and yet she still remains. With hard work, the end is certainly in reach, but difficult to see. ⚾️
#laynestrong #prayerworks #Godislistening #laynesprayerwarriorsrock
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