3-year-old dies after tragic window blind cord accident

Elsie Mahe, 3, died after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck.

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  • The 3-year-old daughter of a BYU coach died after becoming entangled in window blinds cord
  • The family says they plan to donate her organs to save others' lives

(CNN)Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe, died Tuesday, more than a week after accidentally tangling a window blind cord around her neck. The family shared the update on social media.

A week earlier, Elsie was playing with a friend when the incident happened, according to a Facebook page created in support of the Mahe family by one of their neighbors. Her friend ran and told Elsie's mom, Sunny, who immediately started CPR. She was flown to Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.
    At the hospital, Elsie was unconscious, sedated and breathing on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. A family friend started a GoFundMe page, which also included updates on Elsie's condition.
    The updates shared how Elsie's heart rate would drop and she would respond positively when her parents came to sing to her as she remained sedated. There was hope when she began breathing on her own, was taken off sedation and moved her leg when her knee was pinched. But she remained unresponsive.