Little Zander Horton, known by many as “Baby Z,” was released from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital last week and is finally back home in Wayne County! His family and friends, along with his thousands of followers on social media, proclaim that Baby Z is truly a miracle.
Baby Z was critically injured in a car crash on Saturday, April 27th. He was secured in his car seat as his mom, Cayla Horton, was driving her 1999 Jeep Cherokee on Highway 64, when a Freightliner 18-wheeler struck them from behind. Although Cayla sustained serious cuts in the crash and was bleeding profusely, she managed to get Baby Z out of his car seat and crawl out the rear window of the demolished Jeep. Both mom and baby were transported to Vanderbilt, where Baby Zander was admitted into the children’s ICU with a brain bleed.
The first few days and weeks were especially difficult for Baby Zander. “The doctors were at their wit's end, and so were we,” said Cayla. “They had done all they could, and I just told them, ‘You know we are going to keep praying.’”
Cayla went on to say, “There were a lot of nights where I sat there and cried, but I kept having this faith," she said. As prayers poured in from all over the world, Baby Z slowly started showing signs of improvement. Mother’s Day brought one of Cayla’s greatest blessings – Baby Z opened his eyes!
Baby Zander then began to improve in leaps and bounds, defying the doctor’s dire predictions.
“It's just, it's amazing watching a miracle right in front of your eyes. It really is,” said his mom. Baby Z was finally released from the hospital on May 25th, and was able to come back home to Wayne County with his family, who say they are so very thankful and blessed.
Cayla and the family are still asking for prayers, as Baby Zander still has swelling in some parts of his brain that are being monitored. He is doing regular physical and occupational therapy and taking seizure medication. He will hopefully get his neck brace off in July.
“I know God has a plan for him, and he's still here, and His plan is still working,” said proud mom Cayla.