On May 22, Madison ‘Madi’ Caballero went from a day of fifth-grade end-of-school festivities at Kyrene Monte Vista and cheer practice in Tempe to the hospital after a seizure left her needing emergency brain surgery.
It is not a day she and her family will ever forget even as they forge ahead awaiting a July MRI – and another surgery.
“When we got to the hospital, she never woke up,” recalled her mother Andrea Caballero, shaking her head. “Doctors ordered a brain CT scan and found blood on her brain. They immediately intubated her and told us she needed brain surgery to relieve the pressure and drain the blood.”
The explanation for why the active 11-year-old girl was so suddenly struck down was a brain AVM, or arteriovenous malformation, a malformed cluster of blood vessels. That cluster ruptured, causing a brain bleed.
The malady is rare and typically not discovered until a rupture or when other symptoms reveal it.
Her mother said she’d experienced no prior symptoms.
Despite doctors’ warnings that Madi might not walk, talk or even retain memories following the surgery, the youngster who was involved in Girl Scouts, cheer team, dance and running, bounced back far more quickly than anticipated, leaving the hospital after 11 days.
She is currently back at home with her brother Jaiden, 14, sister Charley, 6, and parents Jose and Andrea.
“We were told she might be hospitalized anywhere from weeks to months, but she just progressed so quickly we were able to bring her home. It was pretty amazing, and we’re so grateful for all the…
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