BATAVIA/Family of baby on life support looking for support from the community

Kim Brodsky and her fiancée Kyle Madden have been living at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo since February 1.

Kim Brodsky                                                           Tanner Madden

(Submitted photos)

After an emergency C-Section at 30 weeks, because a placenta abruption, where the placenta tears away from the uterine wall, Kim and Kyle thought they had lost their son Tanner after he was born at UMMC. Doctors were able to resuscitate him after the C-Section. During the time from the placenta abruption and birth, Tanner went without oxygen which has left 8 day old Tanner with bleeding on the brain.

“When the placenta ripped away from the uterine wall, no one knows how long Tanner was without oxygen,” says Stacy Torres, Kim’s mother.

“He now has bleeding on both sides of the brain, clotting in his liver and abnormal brain activity. It has been an emotional roller coaster.”

Kim and Kyle are now faced with the tough decision of keeping Tanner on a ventilator in the hopes that he pulls through or let him go.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital have told the family that if Tanner does pull through, he has high chances of being in a wheelchair or mentally handicapped for the rest of his life.

Kim’s sister, Kate Muntz has started a GoFundme page for her sister’s family.

(Kyle Madden, Kim Brodsky and Skyler)

“They are staying away from home to be with Tanner and they are both not working so they can be at the hospital, but they are still facing life’s expenses like bills, food and gas,” says Muntz. They are also traveling back and forth as they try and take care of their other son Skyler, who is a 7 year old student at Jackson school.

Kim is a graduate of Batavia High School and will graduate from GCC in a few months as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor.

(Submitted photos)

Torres, who is an EMT, says, “Knowing the medical field, it’s scary when it hits home. I am scared to go to work knowing he is in such critical condition.”

“I only ask for prayers, if the community wants to help that is a blessing, but we are hoping for the power of prayer.”



  1. Please dont pull the plug my cousin went through the similar thing with the bleeding on the brain. Children’s told her the same thing. Her daughter is now 10 years old and as healthy as can be. She is a little delayed in school but other than that she is fine. Your baby is in my prayers. Sending lots of love and prayers to you and your family.

  2. I am praying that God will give you comfort and understanding in answering our prayers. We put this in His hands knowing He is a loving God and knows what is best for all. May God bless you in the coming days.

  3. I am so very sorry to read this story. My live and prayers are with you.
    I also live at the hospital. I’ve been here since January 19 with my 15 year old daughter. My 5 month old granddaughter is also here in the PICU also on a ventilator.
    If you need someone to talk to, a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on we are in room 1112. My name is Stacey.
    Prayers for all of you through this tragic time.

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