Account set up for 2-year-old diagnosed with cancer

July 21, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

A fund is set up at First National Bank in Cokato to help with medical bills for 2-year-old Madison Kautz of Cokato.

Madison is the daughter of Amber Kautz, a 2004 Dassel-Cokato graduate, and was recently found to have a metastasized brain tumor.

For the past two-and-a-half months, local doctors couldn’t diagnose the reason for Madison’s vomiting.

Then, the morning of July 6, Madison had a mini seizure, but went back to sleep.

Later, Amber found Madison unresponsive and she was sent by ambulance to the Hutchinson Community Hospital, and then flown to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Surgery was done upon arrival to insert a shunt into the brain to drain fluid. An MRI indicated a tumor that was indeed spreading; an indication of cancer, according to Amber.

Madison underwent surgery July 12 for a biopsy and removal of the tumor.

Results came back July 16 indicating it is a primitive neuroectodermal tumor containing undeveloped brain cells, is highly malignant, and likely to spread (which it already has) through the central nervous system, according to Amber.

Fortunately, this rare form of cancer is curable, but Madison will undergo radiation for about a year.

The doctors will know by age 5 if Madison is fully cured, Amber said.

If there are no complications, Madison could be home before today (Monday).

“It’s amazing how fast life can change,” Amber said, and asks everyone to keep praying for Madison. “I think that’s helping,” she added.

Madison is the granddaughter of Larry and Kathy Kautz of Cokato.

A medical fund is set up in Madison’s name at First National Bank of Cokato. Checks can be written to: Madison Kautz Benefit Account and sent to First National Bank, PO Box 490, Cokato, MN 55321.

To learn more about Madison and her progress, check out her Caring Bridge web site at www.caringbridge.org.

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