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'Play For Syd': Lacrosse Team Wins State Championship, Dedicates Title To Student Who Passed Away

A Minnesota teenager went into her dentist’s office to have wisdom teeth removed. She is now in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest following the routine procedure.

Sydney Galleger, 17, is a junior at Eden Prairie High School. She enjoyed skiing and signed up to be an organ donor when she got her driver’s license, Fox News reports.

The teen was scheduled for a routine wisdom teeth procedure Tuesday. All was going well until the unthinkable happened.

“What started out as a normal day soon turned anything but normal,” Diane Galleger, Sydney’s mother, wrote on a CaringBridge page. “Sydney went in this morning for a simple, common wisdom teeth extraction. All went good until the very end when her blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped and then she went into cardiac arrest.”​​

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Galleger’s parents documented their child’s health the following days at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Diane said they don’t know what exactly caused their daughter to go into cardiac arrest, but they believe she may have had an unknown heart condition, KMSP reported.

Sydney was put on a ventilator to assist her with her breathing. She suffered multiple seizures and needed surgery to relieve the swelling of her brain.

On Friday, Diane received the heartbreaking news from doctors that there was nothing more that could be done.

“As you can imagine, that was the most devastating news we have ever received,” she wrote.

“We want to rewind to Monday where we had our happy, healthy, funny, beautiful 17-year-old daughter," Diana continued. “As we look at all the pictures covering her hospital walls, we can't believe this same happy, healthy, funny, still beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend is lying in that hospital bed.

“We can't comprehend it yet and not sure when we will," she added.

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Sidney is now "alive but not well," according to Diane, who provided an update on her daughter's condition after it was mistakenly reported that she passed away.

"​Steve and I have been so busy tending to Sydney, I haven't had a chance to get an update out. My intentions start out good everyday to get one posted but I'm exhausted by the end of the day," Diane wrote. "I guess after my last post, it seemed as though my post may have been interpreted that Sydney had already past away. I apologize if it was intrepreted that way."

"I'm not thinking so clearly right now therefore I may have stated it in an unclear way," Diane explained. "Please allow me to clarify. She HAS NOT passed away. We found out this morning the media announced that Sydney passed away on Friday, but again, this is not the case."

"She's alive but not well. Although the drs (sic) have basically told us there is nothing else they can do for Sydney, she continues to hang on breathing over her ventilator that's inserted in her mouth," the mother added.

Several Eden Prairie athletic clubs wore Sydney’s initials on their uniforms to “Play for Syd” and honor her life. The lacrosse team even won the state championship this week and dedicated the title to Sydney.

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Diane thanked the hospital staff and all those praying for her daughter's recovery.

"The Eden Prairie Alpine Ski team made a vigil outside St. Andrew Lutheran Church on Friday night that was in the shape of a heart and had an "S" in the center of it. When I saw it on Saturday night, I was in awe of how beautiful it was," Diane wrote. "Sydney loved everyone on the Alpine team. And to St. Andrew Church for opening their santuary on Saturday from 4:00-midnight for a vigil to come and pray for her. To all the friends, family and people that didn't even know Sydney who came to pray for her, words can not even express our gratitude.

"I heard that they even had a prayer circle outside until 1:00am. We believe a miracle happened today as a result of all the prayers because she started breathing even more on her own, and coughed and we swear she wiggled a toe. I know those may seem small but they provided hope to us."

"All your cards, posters, pictures, hand drawn pictures and stuffed animals adorn her room," she added. "Makes it look more friendly than a sterile hospital room and brightens it up.

"To the support we've had 24/7 at the hospital from Dr. Gupta and his team of doctors, nurses and interns. They have been incredible. They've cried with us but we've managed to laugh together too.

"Our faith, your prayers, family and friends are getting us through this difficult time. Thank you so much.​"

Sources: KMSP, Caring Bridge

Photo Credit: KMSP


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