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Meet Madison Rogers

Published on Sunday October 30, 2022
Madison Rogers, a young girl using a motorized wheelchair

Vibrant. Determined. Feisty in the best possible way.

These are some of the words that come to mind for those who are lucky enough to meet Madison Rogers, a local second-grader. During Madison’s stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital after she was born, she even earned a nickname from one of her doting and gracious Caregivers.

“I named her Feisty Madi,” said Jackie Weaver, BSN, RN, senior director, Women and Children’s Services. “She was instantly a fighter.” Thanks to donations, Madison was able to access state-of-the-art care and equipment after she was born at 29 weeks weighing 2 lbs. She received life-saving treatments and therapies at the hospital prior to exhibiting signs of necrotizing enterocolitis, a serious intestinal disease among premature babies.

Amber Rogers, her mother, remains grateful for the care and support her daughter received during that difficult time. Now Madison’s family supports Centra’s local hospitals “to take care of our future.”

“We should help support our community,” Amber said, adding that this is especially true during challenging times.

Madison, who has cerebral palsy and limited mobility, is now a thriving student who enjoys dance classes, t-ball, fishing, and getting dirty in “her” garden. Like many children, she loves music. Her personality shines through in everything she does.

Madison's parents aim to be inclusive and teach others about her disability. "We don't let anything stand in her way as she powers through every obstacle," Amber said.

Centra Lynchburg General Hospital houses a state-of-the-art Pediatric Center and a specialized Pediatric Pod in the Emergency Department. Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital has a Level III Neonatal Nursery and Pediatric Specialty Clinic, making it a referral center for the region.

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