UPDATE: Katie Klinect has passed away from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident, according to a Facebook page in her honor.
According to a post on Katie's Prayers Facebook page, she died Friday night after 10 p.m. The post from her father, Paul, said,
I woke up to a gorgeous Spring morning. The dogwoods and the azaleas are in bloom & birdsong fills the air. I can see the dawn breaking in the East. This day promises to be filled with beauty ... except for one thing - this morning will not shine as brightly as yesterday because part of the beauty that we enjoyed just 24 hours ago has left us; Katie has left us, and she will be sorely missed.
There were several of us in her room shortly after 10 o'clock last night who were with her to see her safely into the arms of Jesus.
I wanted to express my gratefulness to you - Katie's pray-ers for the countless hours spent asking & pleading for her healing and recovery. Her ultimate healing has been accomplished. Let me reassure any of you who may be tempted to think that your time was wasted - that just isn't true; Nanette & I had supernatural strength to face this unimaginably difficult situation with courage that was imparted from God as a result of your prayer. We are sincerely overwhelmed by the love that each of you has shown to Kate & her friends & family.
- The hope that we have will not disappoint
We love you,
DACULA, Ga. -- A freak bicycle accident has left a Dacula woman fighting for her life – for a third time.
Thousands of people have reached out to lend their support to the family of Katie Klinect.
Klinect, 25, is in a medically-induced coma in an intensive care unit after the brakes went out on a bike she was riding and she struck a tree.
Katie's mother, Nannette, said her daughter has already survived so much.
"We adopted Kate when she was 13 months old from India, and doctors didn't expect her to live," Nannette Klinect said.
Born with a rare blood disorder, Katie gets blood transfusions every three weeks to keep her healthy.
But at 18, she got sick again and contracted MRSA. Again, doctors didn't think she would live.
"When your daughter's life is in the balance and they say wait and see... there aren't words to describe what wait and see really means," Nannette Klinect said.
Now she's fighting again. She suffered a severe head injury and sustained undetermined brain damage.
"I would give everything in the world for her to open her eyes," her mother said.
Katie's Mom, Dad, best friend Meagan Fordand boyfriend Stephen Wal have stayed by her side in the hospital. Kids she's volunteered with, people she's ministered to and friends she has loved have all come to hold her hand.
"She's lived her 25 years with more fullness and impact than most people in their entire 70 plus years," said Katie's father, Paul Klinect.
The impact she's made is clear. In just days, thousands of people have joined a Facebook page giving the Klinect family, and Katie, their love.
"At first I thought it was just across the US, but now I need a world map," said Ford
Her friend and boyfriend read the messages aloud to her in the hospital.
"It will be a long road of recovery, but I will be there for her," Wal said.
Along with her favorite stuffed animal, and her Bible, her family believes that encouragement will bring her back.
"There's something compelling about someone who makes their life count," said Katie's father.
Doctors aren't saying just what Katie's prognosis is; with traumatic brain injuries, it's always tough to tell.
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