A 6-year-old girl in Colorado died on Dec. 8 after getting stuck in a swing designed for disabled children.
Brooklyn Thill was hospitalized after becoming tangled in the swing's straps outside her school, S. Christa McAullife STEM Academy in Greely, on Dec. 5, reports KDVR.
Three days after Brooklyn's neck became stuck, she died in the hospital.
"Our hearts are broken," said her mother, Nathalie Thill. "Our princess Brooklyn, is an angel now."
Police are trying to determine how exactly the child got caught in the swing's straps. The swing has since been removed from the playground.
Brooklyn's family is asking for donations to help pay for her medical bills and funeral expenses.
"The few days we were at Children's Hospital in Denver gave us the opportunity to say good-bye, but also lead us to our financial need," they wrote on the GoFundMe page description. "The medical bills incurred from the helicopter flight from NCMC to Children's as well as Brooklyn's ICU stay are significant. While the miracle we prayed for did not happen, we are thankful for the time we had, the precious memories of our beautiful girl, and look forward to when we will see her again!"
News of the child's sudden death moved loved ones and strangers.
Within the first three days of the fundraiser, the family raised more than $20,000 of their $30,000 goal.
"We didn't know Brooklyn personally but we are sending prayers to your family during this difficult time," wrote one donor. "It is obvious how loved she was!!"
"I was Natalie's former elementary teacher and I'm sure Brooklyn was as perfect as her mother," commented a second. "What an angel and you are in my daily thoughts and prayers."
"Sending thoughts and prayers to your sweet family during this difficult time," added another. "Will be hosting a fundraiser with my dress company this week in Brooklyn’s honor to donate and help your family during this difficult time."
Members of the local community paid tribute to Brooklyn by holding a "Pink Princess Day" in her memory on Dec. 11, reports KDVR. It was a reference to Brooklyn's love of princesses and the color pink.
"It was a sea of pink," said Jamie Mould, a parent of one of Brooklyn's first-grade classmates. "There were pink socks, pink bow ties, pink jackets, pink backpacks, princess dresses."
"She was a friend of my daughter's and it hits really close to home," she added.