This is the most heartbreaking, heartwrenching post I’ve ever typed up in my eight years at CFT.
A week ago, it was reported that the three-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe was “fighting for her life” following an accident in their home. One of Mahe’s seven children, Elsie, was found last Tuesday morning hanging from a set of blinds with the cord wrapped around her neck. Mahe’s wife Sunny, a former BYU volleyball player, performed CPR and the little girl was ultimately life-flighted to a Salt Lake City hospital.
While there was initially optimism that she could recover, subsequent reports had the family meeting “with a representative from the hospital organ donation team” as the little girl’s brain was “only functioning enough to give her body oxygen and perform very basic functions and those have begun to decline as well.”
Tuesday night in a Facebook posting, Sunny Mahe confirmed that their daughter has, essentially, passed away.
Our Elsie girl has officially been released to heaven – at least from a worldly, paperwork stand point. Her second neurological death exam was also positive for brain death.
We feel peace and we are again so grateful for the privilege of being Elsie’s parents. She continues to sprinkle love and hope across the world and I am in awe of the Lord and His marvelous plan for my sweet girl.
We will be working closely with the donation team for the next couple of days, so we have a few days to postpone making funeral plans. But as those dates and decisions are made, we will keep you informed.
Elsie’s father’s social media posting on Tuesday afternoon will leave you numb with both sadness and inspiration.
Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little… https://t.co/h7zXhgwwKo
— Reno Mahe (@RenoMahe) November 29, 2016
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the Mahe family for their unimaginable and unthinkable loss.