CACHE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Family and friends gathered Thursday evening to mourn the loss of 3-year-old Tayzli Hale of Petersboro. She died after a horseback riding accident, but her family is making sure her memory lives on.
“It’s been a shock for everyone we’re all really heartbroken,” said Ashley Bodine, family friend.
Her favorite color was pink…she loved princess parties…and the little girl everyone called Tay Tay had a smile that lit up a neighborhood.
“She was a ray of sunshine. She was just happy bubbly and always grinning, and always laughing, and running,” said Janeen Krambule, neighbor.
Tayzli was riding on the back of a horse with a family member Tuesday when the animal got spooked and she fell off hitting her head. Doctors tried to save her but on Wednesday they announced she no longer had brain function, and stopped breathing on her own.
Friends, family and neighbors gathered using pink balloons to celebrate the young life that was lost, but hope for the young lives that could still be saved with her donation.
Tayzli’s family decided to donate her organs. Her mother told neighbors she’s hopeful it will keep her daughters memory alive.
“There is absolutely no way that she’ll be forgotten. Those children’s parents will remember her every day. Those children will remember her every day. Their kids will remember her every day.”
Family and friends said a prayer and had a moment of silence to remember Tay Tay. They say while it’s been hard to deal with young life ending so soon, many are taking comfort in knowing her light will live on in those that she saves.
Hospitals say child organ donation is so important because often the size of children in need of a transplant can only come from another child. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with Hale’s family unexpected medical and funeral costs.