ST. GEORGE — Kycie Terry, a young St. George girl whose story captured hearts all over the country, died early Saturday morning.
“Around 4:30 this morning Kycie Jai peacefully passed away in her fathers arms and with her mother by her side,” a post on the “Kisses for Kycie” Facebook page said Saturday morning. “We are heart broken but thankful for the Plan of Salvation and the atonement of Jesus Christ. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and this time.”
Kycie spent months in Primary Children’s Hospital earlier this year, battling the after-effects of a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, which resulted from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.
Kycie suffered extensive brain damage as a result of the illness and wasn’t expected to live, but she pulled through. Her story spread throughout the country and has been the means of helping save many other children who were suffering the effects of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.
In May, Kycie, who still had to be fed by a tube and had not yet recovered her ability to speak, was finally released from Primary Children’s Hospital and allowed to return home to St. George, where she continued undergoing therapy and began the long process of relearning everything she had once known before the illness struck.
On June 30, Kycie, who had become ill and was sick for about 10 days, was once again flown by Life Flight to Primary Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and pneumothorax. She was released from the hospital and returned home to St. George Wednesday.
A Facebook post from her parents, posted Wednesday, said:
We are learning that Kycie doesn’t give too much of a warning. We both made the trip to Salt Lake last week knowing there was a real possibility that Kycie would not make it. She showed amazing strength and determination. But more than anything, she showed me that she is not done fighting this fight.
Information regarding Kycie’s funeral services has not yet been made available.
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