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Service dog will aid Bartow toddler
by Monica Burge
March 12, 2013 04:34 PM | 4070 views | 1 1 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Madilyn Wilson, 23 months, of White, shows off her diabetes testing machine.
Madilyn Wilson, 23 months, of White, shows off her diabetes testing machine.
Madilyn Wilson was born a happy and healthy baby on April 28, 2011.

But at 14 months old, her mother Jennifer Wilson suspected something was wrong.

“I didn’t realize at the time the severity,” said Wilson.

The White resident said she took her daughter to a local doctor’s office where the staff reacted quickly.

“As soon as I walked in they must have noticed something wrong,” Wilson said.

Madilyn was flown by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite in Atlanta.

At the hospital Ms. Wilson and her husband Brady were met with devastating news.

Doctors said their youngest child was in severe diabetic ketoacidosis with a blood sugar level well above 700.

“All we could do was pray that God would bring our little girl through this,” she said.

“She was at risk or organ failure, coma and even death.”

Madilyn recovered but her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes would change the life of her family forever.

She will celebrate her second birthday next month, but in the last nine months alone she has received more than 2,000 needle pricks to check her blood sugar and 1,620 injections of insulin.

Madilyn is very vocal for a toddler, but it is difficult for her to communicate when her blood sugar drops to dangerous levels.

Wilson said through research she learned about Service Dogs By Warren Retrievers, which provides trained Labrador retrievers to detect drops in blood sugar faster than any blood glucose testing equipment.

“This fully-authorized service dog will bring an additional sense of peace to our family,” she said.

Through the organization, Madilyn will receive a black female Labrador retriever that will be trained to assist her, but the cost to breed and train the dog is about $25,000.

The Wilsons have organized a yard sale at Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help raise the funds.

Those interested in participating in the yard sale can call (678) 896-8240.

“We are asking for support within our community to help reach our goal,” she said. “If you are unable to donate, please keep her in your prayers as we continue down this uncertain path with Type 1 diabetes.

Donations can be made online at or can be dropped off at Family Savings Credit Union where a medical fund has been set up for Madilyn.

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