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Daughter of Reno Mahe, BYU running backs coach, dies after accident

The 3-year-old daughter of BYU Cougars running backs coach Reno Mahe and former BYU volleyball star Sunny Tonga Mahe died Tuesday evening, after an accident at the family's home.

Elsie Mahe, one of seven children, went into severe respiratory distress after an accident involving the cord of a window blind on Nov. 22.

"Our Elsie girl has officially been released to heaven -- at least from a worldly, paperwork standpoint," Sunny Mahe wrote Tuesday night. "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."

An MRI on Friday showed extensive brain damage. On Sunday morning, the family met with the hospital's organ donation team.

The family wrote on a GoFundMe website page that Elsie had rallied on Sunday morning and was taking breaths without a ventilator, but on Monday, she had another seizure and could no longer breathe without a ventilator.

"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," Sunny Mahe wrote. "As we considered the experience of her miraculous breathing and decline, we cannot help but wonder if someone else's horrible accident has not happened yet and Elsie was holding on to wait for them."

Reno Mahe played in 55 games over five seasons (2003-07) for the Philadelphia Eagles, starting once.