Katie Beckett

 

 

Age: 34

 

Summary: Iowa medical predicament whose struggles with childhood disease and federal bureaucracy brought landmark changes to the federal-state Medicaid program allowing children with disabilities to live at home, and who spent most of the first three years of her life in the hospital after encephalitis infected her brain, but doctors predicted she would live to age 10.

 

 

Cause of Death: Stomach ailment

 

Born: March 9, 1978

 

Died: May 18, 2012

 

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa