Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Surviving SBS: Madison Walker, Victorville CA

Madison Walker is a SBS survivior.

Now, with her family, she's helping educate students to prevent other children from suffering those injuries. The Victorville Daily Press Link and the Hesperia Star (Link) report on a visit to a local high school...

There were statistics, graphics and numerous handouts.

But the primary teaching tool that Royane Walker used to warn about shaken baby syndrome is her grand-daughter, an angelic-faced, wheel-bound 8-year-old girl named Madison.

“We'll never be sure what happened,” said Walker, who has legal guardianship of Madison. “My daughter was at work. Her father was frustrated and shook her. It only took three seconds. She was nine weeks old. She'll be nine weeks old for the rest of her life.”

Walker and another adult daughter, Maggie Kershaw, presented a 90-minute program on Monday to teacher Thomas Howe's class at the I Avenue Community Day School, a program for at-risk teens who don't fit into a typical high school environment.

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