In her father’s arms: Kycie Terry dies Saturday morning

Overlaid image of 5-year-old Kycie Terry, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of Jace King, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Kycie Terry, a young St. George girl whose story captured hearts all over the country, died early Saturday morning.

“Around 4:30 this morning Kycie Jai peacefully passed away in her fathers arms and with her mother by her side,” a post on the “Kisses for Kycie” Facebook page said Saturday morning. “We are heart broken but thankful for the Plan of Salvation and the atonement of Jesus Christ. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers and this time.”

Kycie Terry, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of "Kisses for Kycie" Facebook group, St. George News
Kycie Terry, date and location not specified | Photo courtesy of Jace King, St. George News

Kycie spent months in Primary Children’s Hospital earlier this year, battling the after-effects of a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis, which resulted from undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.

Kycie suffered extensive brain damage as a result of the illness and wasn’t expected to live, but she pulled through. Her story spread throughout the country and has been the means of helping save many other children who were suffering the effects of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes.

In May, Kycie, who still had to be fed by a tube and had not yet recovered her ability to speak, was finally released from Primary Children’s Hospital and allowed to return home to St. George, where she continued undergoing therapy and began the long process of relearning everything she had once known before the illness struck.

On June 30, Kycie, who had become ill and was sick for about 10 days, was once again flown by Life Flight to Primary Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia and pneumothorax. She was released from the hospital and returned home to St. George Wednesday.

A Facebook post from her parents, posted Wednesday, said:

We are learning that Kycie doesn’t give too much of a warning. We both made the trip to Salt Lake last week knowing there was a real possibility that Kycie would not make it. She showed amazing strength and determination. But more than anything, she showed me that she is not done fighting this fight.

Information regarding Kycie’s funeral services has not yet been made available.

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  • Mean Momma July 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I am truly saddened to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with this beautiful angels family and friends. Some people are just too precious to stay on this earth. I too am thankful for the Plan of Salvation and know they will all be together again one day. May The Lord bless this family.

  • fun bag July 11, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    The whole thing just sucks bad and I wish it could have been different. Some good came out of it as far as spreading awareness of childhood diabetes though. Very sad to hear of this though…

  • mesaman July 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    So very, very sad. This little princess has become a tragic loss for the entire Southern Utah Community. She touched all of our lives. She made us happier just to see her and watch her valiant fight. And she made us weep at her passing. I pray to God that he may grant you strength and courage at this sad time in your lives.

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