After living for 10 years in the Baton Rouge area, Samantha and Michael Byrne decided they wanted to move their family to a small North Louisiana community to raise their two sons — Trey, a healthy 10-year-old, and Logan, their newborn who spent his first nine days in neonatal intensive care and who had significant neurological problems.
“He’s totally dependent on 24-hour care,” said Samantha, who had to quit her job as a social worker to care for Logan.
On a house-hunting trip, Samantha had to pull over when Logan fell into a severe coughing fit. She was soon performing CPR while Logan’s older brother Trey called 9-1-1. Doctors at a nearby community hospital stabilized Logan, who was then transported to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital for more thorough evaluation and care.
Construction on the freestanding children’s hospital in Baton Rouge will be complete in 2019, but Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is already providing specialty care to more children from all over Louisiana thanks to our growing team of physician specialists and our expanding network of satellite clinics.
Pulmonologists, gastroenterology specialists and neurologists collaborated on medical tests which found Logan needed a tracheostomy to help him breathe, a feeding tube to eat, and around-the-clock medical attention for a seizure condition. “It was very scary, but the children’s hospital team were great,” Samantha said.
Logan was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a rare and severe neurological condition that affects breathing, digestion and development. His muscles remain so weak he’s unable to roll over on his own, and because of his tracheostomy he’s unable to speak.
Constipation is a frequent complication, so Logan regularly sees Beth McDonough, MD, pediatric GI specialist. Thanks to a satellite clinic, Dr. McDonough sees Logan in Monroe. Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health has similar satellite clinics in Lafayette, Gonzales, Hammond and Walker. When necessary, patients go to Baton Rouge for more intensive care.
“To have them be able to come to us is so much more convenient,” Samantha said. “It makes our life easier to drive 15 minutes versus four hours to Baton Rouge.”
Samantha regularly sends messages to Logan’s doctors using the MyChart mobile app, which connects all patients throughout the Our Lady of the Lake system with their physicians and nurses. “They always get right back to me; it makes such a difference,” she said.
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