Family of 3-year-old girl left brain damaged after getting tangled in blinds cord will donate her organs


The 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe is on life-support, but the family is using the tragedy to give the gift of life to someone else.

Elsie Mahe was playing with a friend in her Utah home last week when a mini-blind cord became tangled around her neck, causing her to stop breathing, according to reports.

Her mother, Sunny, found the little girl and began CPR on her before she was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital.

Doctors aren't sure how long she was without oxygen, according to reports, but she suffered severe brain damage.

Elsie's condition has continued to deteriorate since the accident and her family has made the brave decision to donate her organs.

"We met this morning with a representative from the hospital organ donation team and feel confident that this is the Lord's will for Elsie – to be a life-saving miracle for others," Sunny wrote on the family's GoFundMe page.

The family's football community has been rallying around them since the accident, with some BYU players wearing pink at Saturday night's game against Utah State, Elsie's favorite color, and also presenting her father with the game ball.

"It's just family, you know. Reno is family — that whole family is family so when they hurt, we hurt," said Brigham Young running back Jamaal Williams.

The Mahe family had been praying for the little one to live, but they say they still see a miracle even in the midst of their grieving.

"The miraculous healing we have been praying for is not FOR Elsie, but FROM Elsie," Sunny said. "It is not the miracle that we wanted, but it is the one we got. It is still a miracle."

The page continued went on to say that Elsie is comfortable and not in pain.

"We will stay by her side and continue to love her forever," the latest post read. "We do not have a timeline for how long this transition will take."

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