3-month-old Wayne Co. baby fighting for his life after car crash, mom asks for prayers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Wayne County mother is asking for prayers as her 3-month-old baby is fighting for his life at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. 

Zander Horton who is also known as “Baby Z” is beginning to make progress after being critically injured in a car crash.  

“It just seems like a nightmare I want to wake up from,” Cayla Horton tells News 2.  

The mother says for nine days, Zander laid nearly lifeless in critical condition.  

“God was watching over us that day, I praise him for that. He wrapped his arms around us really and truly.”  

On Saturday, Apr. 27, Horton was driving home on Lawrenceburg Highway with Zander in the back seat when she says a Freightliner rear-ended them. She says her jeep ended up flipping over the median. 

Although her arm was severely cut, the mother says she raced to pull her baby who laid silent in his car seat from the crashed car.  

“For you not to see your baby crying or anything is really hard, and I knew I had to get him out. I told him I became Wonder Woman that day,” she smiled.  

Horton says a friend passed by and performed CPR on Baby Z and he started breathing again, but a brain bleed led him to Vanderbilt. 

“We just take it a day at a time,” Horton sighed.  

She says there have been a lot of ups and downs, as Zander continues to have seizures but Monday, she saw a glimmer of hope. 

“I was just rubbing his finger and he started pulling back that arm from me,” she explained saying it was her baby’s first sign of brain activity since the tragic crash.  

Horton praises prayer warriors for his actions  

“I could feel the prayers running through that baby and he had prayers all the way from here to El Salvador. Prayers work, they work. He is going to be a miracle child.”  

The mom is holding a video of Zander that she captured the day before the crash close to her heart, as she dreams of one day holding her baby again. 

“He would melt your heart; he would open those big eyes and that smile would just melt your heart. I said he can go in a room and light up that whole room. I said you could look at that child and it brings you happiness, it brings you joy, and I look at him and I know that’s what I’m going to see again one day. It’s hard, but I know I am going to see it again,” Horton cried. 

This is just the latest in a number of tragic events Baby Z and his mom have been through. Horton tells me when she was pregnant when his father died in a car crash. 

Zander was also born a triplet, but she says the other two babies didn’t survive. 

Horton says when Zander was just four days old, their home caught fire. While they were able to escape, she says the house was a complete loss. 

A GofundMe account has been set up to help the family. 

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