Coppell teen declared brain dead after skiing accident

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by CYNTHIA VEGA / WFAA

wfaa.com

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 16 at 11:15 AM

COPPELL - A 13-year-old teen's father went to the web to express his pain after his daughter was critically injured in a skiing accident during a family vacation in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

"Perfect day on the slopes!" wrote Taylor Paige Storch's father on March 14, the day of the accident.

Hours later, joy turned to sorrow.

"Words cannot begin 2 explain our sorrow, sadness & helplessness," he wrote on his Facebook page. "God gave us Taylor for <14 years. To know her is a blessing."

Storch, of Coppell, went to Beaver Creek Mountain on a skiing trip with her family. After completing a few beginner lessons, Storch went on an intermediate trail. While skiing, she fell backwards, falling off the trail and slamming into a tree. Despite wearing a helmet, she suffered critical injuries.

Doctors declared the teen brain dead early Tuesday morning.

Prayers and words of support from loved ones were posted on various social networks.

Storch's parents decided to donate the teen's organs to help others.

E-mail: cvega@wfaa.com

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