North Georgia girl, 4, battles rare kidney syndrome
WALKER COUNTY, GA (Times Free Press) -
Amber De Vaux Madaris had never heard of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare consequence of food poisoning that is the single biggest cause of acute kidney failure in children.
But Madaris knows about it now. She and her husband, Dustin Madaris, have spent almost all of September living at Children's Hospital at Erlanger to be near their 4-year-old daughter, Emma Grace, who developed the syndrome after an E. coli infection.
"We haven't left her side," said Amber Madaris, of Chickamauga, Ga. "It's been a big nightmare."
Emma Grace is improving now, but she spent 22 days in intensive care. Both her kidneys shut down, requiring dialysis. She also needed blood transfusions, her mother said, and had a feeding tube inserted into her stomach.