Support Layne Chesney and family

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Raised by 1,315 people in 10 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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With permission from Layne’s mother - here’s our girl! She has survived so much and she’s still smiling. What an amazing person! - Devon
Layne today!
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11/15/18 from Leigh Ann:
Over the last couple of days, Layne has been doing well. Doctors are still trying to locate the source of her infection. Her IVC filter was surgically removed on Monday. Cultures were sent to a lab, but nothing has grown yet. However, she hasn’t had any positive blood cultures since. So far, it’s a good sign, but it usually takes a few days for the bugs to show up. Yesterday, she had an ultrasound on several areas, but I don’t know if anything came from it. Yesterday, she had a Gallium scan. Haven’t received any results from that either. Today, she’s going down for another Gallium scan. Hopefully, answers will come soon and be shared with her family. Infections are scary and it is essential they find the source so that they can work on eradicating them which is their goal.
Her skin looks good. We are very happy with the results. Layne will go through another large round of CEA surgery in the next couple of weeks. Basically, it will be placed down wherever her doctor feels it’s needed. It’s his decision, and I’m on board with whatever he decides.

After 6-8 more weeks, Layne will be transferring to a rehab facility. We are not certain as to where she may go. It all depends on her doctor's recommendations and insurance. We are willing to go anywhere, as long as they can provide the best possible treatment.

Thanks for always praying and thinking of us! To those of you who are inquiring about a Christmas wishlist for Layne, she refuses to create one. She only wants prayers for healing and prayers for strength to begin intense rehab. Feel free to do whatever you like. I just wanted you to know that Layne truly does not expect anything.

#laynestrong #prayerworks
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11/12/18 Update from Leigh Ann:
By noon, Layne was out of surgery. Her skin looks good. It’s too early to estimate how well the CEA actually took. Of course, we are continuing to pray for the best possible outcome. They are giving her some time for the grafts to mature on the front, so that work can begin on her backside. She’ll be doing light therapy for awhile to prevent any shearing from occurring.
It took a little while longer for her to come fully out of anesthesia, but she’s awake now and not having issues. She is complaining of more pain than usual. It’s a bit surprising since it was a relatively quick procedure. Hopefully, she’ll feel better by tomorrow.
Unfortunately, she continues to have positive blood cultures. The source of the infection is still indeterminable. Sometime this week, a Gallium scan will be conducted to possibly provide answers. There is also a chance that her IVC filter might be causing her infection issues. It may need to be removed.
Thank you for the continued prayers and support. I’ll provide further updates if and when there any new developments.
#laynestrong #316daysinKendallhospital #prayerworks
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11/10/18 Update from Leigh Ann:
Layne has been doing well. While she’s been waiting for recent skin grafts to dry and adhere, she has been catching up on her rest. Basically, she’s been sleeping away the days. We dare not even attempt to disturb the bear cub.

She hasn’t been able to do much therapy or get out of bed. She is definitely ready to start moving again. Things are getting too boring for her. In bed, she has been using the passive range of motion machine to help keep everything from getting too stiff.

On Monday, she will have the backings removed from the CEA. At this time, we’ll find out how successful the procedure was. After Thanksgiving, the plan is to repeat the procedure over her entire front side.

Her infections are closely being monitored. She still has some positive blood cultures (indicating infections). Today, her white blood cell count is in the normal range, and she hasn’t had any fevers. Currently, everything appears to be stable.

Her appetite is still fairly good. She is not quite eating as much as she was before at every meal. However, she is eating at least one large meal a day. She is still receiving tube feeds at night, and her nutrition levels are fine.

Hoping for a good weekend visiting friends and family. She’s been a little bit homesick this week. She’s missing her sister a lot. Unfortunately, we can only try to keep her as positive as we can. We realize her emotions are unavoidable and understandable.

Thanks again for your prayers, cards, and gifts. We appreciate everything. Thanks to Laurie P. for sending money for dinner. We’ll use it towards the honey baked ham she wants on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, we have a honey baked ham store nearby the hospital. Also, thanks to Graves Law Firm for offering to donate a Thanksgiving meal to our family and her caregivers. We hope everyone enjoys their weekend, and I’ll provide an update again tomorrow.
#laynestrong #prayerworks
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