Mahe family asks community to pray for doctors as matches found for Elsie’s organs

A photo of Elsie Mahe and another child posted by Sunny Mahe in an update regarding the donation of the 3-year-old girls' organs.

A photo of Elsie Mahe and another child posted by Sunny Mahe in an update regarding the donation of the 3-year-old girls’ organs.

PROVO, Utah – The family of Elsie Mahe, daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe, is again asking for prayers and fasting, but this time on behalf of doctors and recipients as Elsie’s organs will be donated Thursday.

Sunny Mahe, Elsie’s mother, posted Wednesday night on an update page that matches have been found for Elsie’s organs and the surgery will go forward Thursday morning. Elsie suffered critical injuries in an accident at home when she became tangled up in the cords from some window blinds.

“We are opening another fast for the doctors that will perform the surgeries as well as the recipients,” Mahe stated. “We will plead for the surgeries to be flawless and Elsie’s gifts to be well received. You are all welcome to join us in this fast.”

Sunny Mahe said she feels immeasurable sorrow but also excitement as she anticipates her child giving a gift that will save the lives of others. She also said she is grateful to have the spirit of the holiday season as a comfort during this time.

Elsie Mahe. Image via GoFundMe.

Elsie Mahe. Image via GoFundMe.

“As we enter this Christmas season, I believe many of you will be tempted to feel sorry for me for having to endure this experience right around the holidays,” she said. “However, I will treasure the opportunity to remember my sweet Elsie every year at this time and reflect upon the true meaning of this Christmas.”

Funeral plans are still being made, with the Mahe family saying those details will be made available once they are finalized.

Sunny Mahe said she and her family are grateful for the prayers, kind words, and acts of service from the community that “have carried me through these difficult days and given me much sought after peace.”

The full text of the post from Sunny Mahe is below:

“We were just told that matches have been found for Elsie’s organs and she will head down to surgery early tomorrow morning. We are opening another fast for the doctors that will perform the surgeries as well as the recipients. We will plead for the surgeries to be flawless and Elsie’s gifts to be well received. You are all welcome to join us in this fast.

I have felt especially close to my Heavenly Father today as I have prepared my child to give her sweet body that another may live. I have considered the great gift of the atonement. I wonder if Heavenly Father felt anything like me – filled with immeasurable sorrow, yet excited as I anticipate this wonderful life saving gift that my child will give; my own beloved child in whom I am well pleased. I hope that is not sacrilegious to compare.

As we enter this Christmas season, I believe many of you will be tempted to feel sorry for me for having to endure this experience right around the holidays. However, I will treasure the opportunity to remember my sweet Elsie every year at this time and reflect upon the true meaning of this Christmas.

Funeral plans are still in the works and will be posted as they are confirmed. I love you, my friends. Your prayers, acts of service and kind words have carried me through these difficult days and given me much sought after peace. I pray that you will all feel the peace that our Savior brings as well.”