LEHI, Utah, Nov. 27, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Nearly a week after her accidental choking by a mini-blind cord, the 3-year-old daughter of Reno Mahe — BYU running backs coach and former NFL player — continues to fight for her life at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Mahe’s wife Sunny posted on Facebook Sunday that after the Tuesday accident, “Elsie’s condition continues to slowly slip. And yet we feel peace.”
Sunny Mahe posted to the Mahe Update Facebook page, which has 5,292 followers, at approximately 2:40 p.m. Sunday. The post has a strong element of faith. Reno and Sunny Mahe and their eight children are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The post reads, in full:
“John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
“Elsie’s condition continues to slowly slip. And yet we feel peace.
“Something that I had grappled with early on in the MRI diagnosis was ‘why was I able to save her, yet I was not able to save her?’
“There were many miracles that I witnessed in the process of finding Elsie, performing CPR, and ultimately transporting her to the hospital.
“I never really watch neighbors’ kids. Often, I think they wouldn’t think to ask me because I have so many of my own. I also am typically ashamed at being unable to keep up with the house and the mess that 7 kids make, so I don’t volunteer.
“But my in-laws had come and cleaned out my garages and basement the weekend before and the house was in acceptable enough condition that when a friend asked if I could watch her kids that morning, I said yes. If not for her little girl being at my home, I would not have found Elsie. While performing CPR (which I have never done before and only took one class for girls camp certification in high school, another recognized miracle), I sent my son Tank for help. My neighbor ‘happened’ to be running a little late for work and was already walking out the door. Because we live here in Utah, where many members of our faith reside, my neighbor already had consecrated oil to give her a priesthood blessing. The first responders on the scene from the 911 call just ‘happened’ to be at Cabela’s — less than 3 minutes from my home.
“And so I had hoped that these miracles would preclude the miracle of Elsie’s life being preserved. But her brain is only functioning enough to give her body oxygen and perform very basic functions, and those have begun to decline as well.
“We received some much needed clarity while worshipping at the Salt Lake City Temple. The miraculous healing we have been praying for is not FOR Elsie, but FROM Elsie. 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. It is not the miracle that we wanted, but it is the one we got. It is still a miracle.
“She is comfortable and not in pain. We will stay by her side and continue to love her forever. We do not have a timeline for how long this transition will take.
“Your prayers and fasting have been badly needed for Reno and I, for our children and for our extended families. We continue to be attended by angels – seen and unseen – and truly have been given strength beyond our own capacity. Thank you for this gift. My friends of all faiths, thank you for your sustaining love, support, prayers and fasts. I believe it to be the reason I have not fallen to pieces and am able to be a strength to my family. May the Lord bless each of you for your caring and kindness to my family.”
The Facebook page also has shared information on what doctors initially found. Elsie was sedated, and a ventilator helped her breathe. Doctors found no swelling or blood on the brain, but family members were warned that could change. The toddler had no broken bones. Her period of oxygen deprivation is the cause of her critical injuries.
A later post revealed that Elsie was breathing on her own, and had responded to a finger pinch, but doctors had warned that it was still too early to know the child’s prognosis.
A GoFundMe page was created to support the family, with $44,323 of a $50,000 goal raised in just five days, as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
Reno Mahe, who both attended and played for BYU, spent five seasons in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles and played in Super Bowl XXXIX as a member of the 2004 NFC Championship team.