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WALKER & LANEY HAYES Losing Our Baby Girl

THE COUNTRY STAR’S SEVENTH CHILD DIED AT BIRTH—AND HIS WIFE ALMOST DIED DURING DELIVERY. THE COUPLE OPEN UP ABOUT THEIR HEARTBREAK AND HOW THEY’VE FOUND SOLACE
A Hand to Hold The couple at the Glen Leven farm outside Nashville in July.

Last fall country star Walker Hayes and his wife, Laney, were overjoyed to discover they’d be adding to their large family, celebrating the news she was expecting their seventh child in the spring. For the singer, known for upbeat hits like his latest, “You Broke Up with Me,” life at home near Nashville couldn’t have been sweeter. His world revolved around Laney and their six kids, ages 3 to 12, and everyone was looking forward to the new addition.

But on June 6, shortly after Laney’s labor began with those oh-so-familiar contractions, she experienced alarming symptoms. Within an hour she was under general anesthesia and in emergency surgery. Soon a nurse broke the shattering news to Walker: His wife had delivered a girl, but the

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