September 26, 2016

Kycie's Story


Kycie Jai Terry was born October 11th, 2009.   Kycie was the youngest of 5 children, and the only girl.  Protected and pampered.  Wholesome and daring.  In 2013 the Terry family welcomed their 5th boy to the family.  His name is Boston, but Kycie called him, "my baby."

2015 was looking bright for Kycie.  After years and years of begging her parents, Kycie got a dog of her own for Christmas.  She was busy playing with her puppy and preparing for her first year of competitive cheerleading.  One Sunday after church, Kycie complained of a headache.  The next day she stayed home from pre-school after she threw up and didn't feel good.  Tuesday she wouldn't eat and would only sip on Sprite and water, complaining her tummy hurt.  Wednesday she was seen by her doctor and diagnosed with Strep throat.  Thursday night her parents noticed she had lost a lot of weight, still wasn't eating and threw up several times through the night.  On Friday, January 30th, Kycie's parents took her to the ER in St. George, Utah.  There she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  She was LifeFlighted 310 miles north to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

While in flight, Kycie's blood sugars began to drop rapidly.  Kycie and her mother landed in Salt Lake City around 6:00 pm.  Shortly after boarding the ambulance Kycie suffered a seizure.  She had another seizure just upon arriving at Primary Children's Hospital.

At first, her parents thought Kycie was in a diabetic coma and expected her to wake up any minute.  After about 24 hours of little progress, doctors ordered an MRI.  On Sunday, February 1st, doctors told Josh and Jamie that the MRI showed extensive damage to critical areas of Kycie's brain.  Most kids do not survive an injury like this, and those that do have little to no quality of life.  Her parents were devastated and spent the next 8 days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit praying and encouraging Kycie to fight.  They vowed that as long as she fights, they would fight with her.

Kycie surprised everyone and was able to breath without the help of a ventilator and did not need a tracheotomy.  She was moved to the Neuro and Trauma Unit to begin a long and painful recovery.  

Kycie's parents live in St. George, Utah which is located 310 south of Primary Children's Hospital.  Josh and Jamie Terry decided from the beginning that they would never leave Kycie alone.  Josh would drive to the hospital every weekend and back to southern Utah during the work week while Jamie stayed by Kycie's side.  
Overwhelmed with the new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, its unpredictable sugar swings, shots and glucose checks, Josh and Jamie were dealing with the even more daunting fact that their little princess now had a severe traumatic brain injury.  Kycie would open her eyes for short periods of time, but made little purposeful movement.  At this time, Kycie was being fed though a tube in her nose and doctors wanted to place a more permanent feeding tube in her stomach.  Jamie worked night and day nursing Kycie back to health while feelings of guilt for leaving her 5 boys at home were only slightly blanketed by feelings of peace for caring for her sick and injured daughter.  

On May 14th, 2015 Kycie was released from the hospital and able to go back home.  This would be the first time the entire family was under the same roof since January 30th.  

As the Terry family pulled into St. George, they were met with a hero's welcome.  Fire trucks and police cars escorted the family to their house with hundreds of people lining the streets to welcome Kycie home.  

The spirit that accompanied Kycie filled the Terry house and Kycie was showered with kisses and hugs from her brothers that missed her so much.  They read her stories, played games with her, and sat in her bed to watch movies.  Kycie required care 24 hours a day.  Still unable to talk, walk, or feed herself, Josh and Jamie worked each day to help Kycie progress.

When Kycie was discharged the doctors told her parents that their number one concern for Kycie should be pneumonia.  After only 5 weeks of being home, Kycie came down with a cold.  She was admitted to the St. George hospital on June 30th and was LifeFlighted back to Primary Children's Hospital that same day.  

Pneumonia kept Kycie hospitalized for just over a week.  She slowly got stronger and on July 8th Kycie had recovered enough to be released and come back home.  She was only at her earthly home for another 3 days before passing away on July 11th in her father’s arms and with her mother by her side.   

This is Kycie's story, but she was so much more than a story. She was and still is a light to this world. Kycie's life changed millions of other lives for the better. Her family continues to share their journey and light to all who loved their baby girl. Their story is full of miracles and moments that brought them closer to God. 

Life hasn't handed them an easy road, but through their struggles they have taught others along their way how to stand tall. At the darkest time in their life they have become a light for others who have began to see they are not alone. Their story is one of loss and pain, but their example of hope and grace has impacted the world. 





The Terry's will be sharing their story at A Reason to Stand in St. George, Utah on October 22nd, 2016. Come be filled and share the day with us! 



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7 comments:

Stephanie Sanders said...

She is a beautiful little girl!! It is hard to see to type through my tears!! It is impossible to understand why??? All the while God is Good...He Is Love!!! Im so grateful that you know that!! I cannot imagine that very deep sting the pain. You will see her again thats for sure!! God Bless You and Your Boys!! All My Heart!! One Sweet Day No Pain No Tears!! Eternity!! I dont think its to far away from Him coming back!! God Bless You Sweet Family!!

Stephanie Sanders said...

She is a beautiful little girl!! It is hard to see to type through my tears!! It is impossible to understand why??? All the while God is Good...He Is Love!!! Im so grateful that you know that!! I cannot imagine that very deep sting the pain. You will see her again thats for sure!! God Bless You and Your Boys!! All My Heart!! One Sweet Day No Pain No Tears!! Eternity!! I dont think its to far away from Him coming back!! God Bless You Sweet Family!!

Luisa Maria Carlson said...

What a beautiful little girl and such sad story but also what a great example of faith from her parents. I lost my little 4 year old boy on Jun 27th while driving cross country to see my mother in law who was dying of pancreatic cancer. He came down sick with what we thought it was a stomach bug on Sunday and Monday morning he went in to cardiac arrest and passed away. We miss our only little boy so much but we do know he is ok and that we will see him again. I am glad I have the knowledge of forever families❤️

Unknown said...

Hw can this happen? I don't understand god sometimes...💔
Priya

Priya said...

Omg..so sorry to hear about your loss. I have a 7 year old boy and my heart just hurts for you.

Anonymous said...

The most heartwrenching video I've ever watched. Terry family, I followed and prayed and cried with you for the loss of your beautiful girl. I can't hear FIght Song and not think of her. In the video I was touched that at the end, through all the unbearable grief, tears and pain, there is an image where you look to each other, standing over the casket, and there is still light...and as I went through the emotions AGAIN with you while watching her story...I love how that represents you both. And how you've made sure to find light and life again throughout the incredible pain. You are an example to me and to so many. Continue to love and let Kycie teach the world about God and the Plan of Salvation. And may He put an incredible amount of peace in your hearts as you continue to face the difficult days of living life without Kycie. What an angel she truly IS!!

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