Baby Colton Johnson: a big battle for a tiny boy


Colton Blake Johnson was born on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, weighing five pounds, four ounces, and he was 19-inches long. Colton Blake Johnson is a new resident of Vevay and Switzerland County.

He is the newborn son of Robyn Dornbusch-Johnson and Edward Johnson Jr.; and the grandson of Chris and Patty Dornbusch and Kay and Edward Johnson.

This is the story of Colton Blake Johnson’s arrival into the world and the struggles he faces.

On Monday, March 2nd, 2015 Colton’s mom, Robyn Dornbusch-Johnson was eight months pregnant. Feeling awful and having contractions, she drove herself to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

She arrived safely and checked in, but then had a seizure, suffered a stroke and coded.

When she woke up, she had no idea where she was or how she got there.

Her doctors decided it was time to have her baby; so at 3:41 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd, Colton Blake Johnson was born.

Everyone thought he was in great shape until his Aunt Jennifer Dornbusch tried to feed him his first bottle. Colton threw it up almost immediately with green bile in it.

The doctors suspected a blockage and shipped him over to Children’s Hospital.

On the day of his birth, Colton had his first surgery – and it was discovered he had Volvulvus of the mid gut. The surgeons explained his small intestines had twisted, creating blockage and stopping the circulation to his small intestines. Colton’s small intestines were gray and mostly appeared dead.

They told Robyn to talk to her family and be prepared because they did not think this little guy would make it. The surgeons left his tummy open relieving pressure and placing a silo in his stomach, hoping to give Colton ‘s intestinal tissues time to possibly heal and be healthy, viable tissue.

On Thursday, March 5th, a miracle happened.

Colton’s surgeon walked into the after-surgery consult with a smile. What they found in Colton’s second surgery was that his small intestine had a rupture, so they removed three-centimeters of his small intestine and left his small intestine disconnected.

He also had several spots of dead tissue, but underneath was good healthy tissue.

The plan was to let Colton rest, heal and grow, then in three weeks have a third surgery. That surgery would check his small intestines, and doctors felt that if they could save 30- to 40-centimeters of his small intestines he had a good chance at a pretty normal life.

Colton’s third operation took place on March 25th, 2015, and it was a nine hour surgery.

The good news was that doctors found 76-centimeters of healthy small intestines. The not so good news – his small intestines are still disconnected. He will need another surgery to reconnect them, and he has three new tubes in his tummy.

The family has discovered that the healing process for Colton will be months because the doctors will feed him slowly making sure each part of his digestive system works before moving on to the next part.

Colton will be living in Children’s Hospital for most of his first year of his life. Colton will be living with his mom, Robyn Dornbusch-Johnson, when he gets home from the hospital.

The family is asking that if any individuals or others who would like to help Robyn out, Colton would really appreciate it. Check out and like Colton ‘s Facebook Page – Colton’s Angels – for updates on how he is doing.

Colton is the youngest of seven children. Sisters are: Caitlin Dornbusch, age 19; Olivia Dornbusch, age 15; and Victoria Johnson age two. Brothers are: Dylan Jenkins, age 11; Jacob Jenkins, age five; and Harley Johnson, age one.

To help offset expenses, Colton’s Angels tee-shirts are available for purchase through his Facebook page.