Since July 4th, when the ATV she was riding tipped over and burst into flames burning over 65 percent of her body, Baylee Hoaldridge has been fighting for her life. But now that fight is coming to a brave end.
On November 15, her family made the "beyond difficult decision" to remove her from life support, according to their Facebook page Be Brave Baylee. The post reads:
"Tonight, our beautiful, vibrant, hilarious, energetic, funny, loving, caring, passionate, and full-of-life girl is in the process of returning to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father. Her battle on earth is finished. She can now fly with the angels, free from worry and free from pain. This girl was the bravest girl in all the land.
Baylee Brooke Hoaldridge --- YOU were BRAVE. You taught those around you to enjoy life and live every day to the fullest. You are the most special girl we will ever know. Fly high brave girl. We love you."
Though Hoaldridge's last four months have been full of painful surgeries and many heartbreaking prayers, they have also been full of many sweet, touching moments.
Shortly after Hoaldridge saw her scarred and disfigured body for the first time, Stephanie Nielson, an LDS mother who had over 80 percent of her body burned in a plane crash, sent her a pillow as a simple reminder of where her beauty stems from.
Like Stephanie Nielson, many have come together to help provide Hoaldridge with beautiful and unexpected sources of hope, including when the sophomore class at Timpview High School surprised Hoaldridge at the hospital by naming her homecoming royalty.
Among these sweet moments and memories, perhaps one of the most touching of all accompanied Hoaldridge throughout her difficult journey. On the wall of her hospital room hung a beautiful picture of Hoaldridge with the Savior—a painting her aunt made to help her find peace and strength in her daily battle. Now that tender picture has become an eternal reality.