CDA teen taken off life support; stranger reaches out to country music superstars

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 6:40 PM

POST FALLS-- Doctors took a Coeur d’Alene teen with a severe brain injury off life support Thursday. A song by a popular country band helped the family make the emotional decision.
 
14-year-old Darby Lopp fell off a moving minivan last month and was in a coma in intensive care.
               
Darby's dad is keeping family and friends updated on his daughter's condition through a facebook page. He recently posted that he was going through her songs the other day and came across 'If I Die Young" by The Band Perry.
 
Her father posted that he remembered when she downloaded it and the discussion it spurred. Darby did not want to be kept alive by machines; she did not want to be "saved" for the sake of being saved.
 
Jim Prior has never met The Band Perry, or Darby Lopp but after reading her story on facebook something stirred inside the father of five. Anything if can do to make someone's day brighter especially in this instance if can’t imagine what the families going through
 
Jim read Darby’s father’s post and picked up his phone. “I made a phone call and got a hold of some people.” And those people got Jim in touch with the band. “I’ve talked directly with their manager and I know they want to send flowers.”
               
Jim said the band wants the focus to just be on Darby and her family right now.

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