Rehobeth community supports girl fighting for her life

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- One community is coming together to support a girl fighting for her life after suddenly falling ill to a severe infection.

On August 12th, Mckenzie Sasser started her final year of high school. A few days later the senior's life was put on hold. (Source: WTVY)

On August 12th, Mckenzie Sasser started her final year of high school.

A few days later the senior's life was put on hold.

“She usually doesn't miss school so when she started missing a lot, we were like what's going on. She wasn't answering the phone,” says Mckenzie’s friend Cheyenne Tiller.

After a trip to the pediatrician with a blood pressure of 76 over 36 Mckenzie was directed to the emergency room.

There she was told things would gradually get better, but only four hours later…

“I get a phone call from my sister who's sitting inside in the chair. She's like 'Bubba I need you to tell mama come right now,' ” says Mckenzie’s brother Anthony Sasser.

Mckenzie's mother found her gasping for air and took her to a different hospital.

By then her blood pressure was down to 65 over 29 and it was determined that she had sepsis.

She was airlifted to UAB Medical Hospital in Birmingham.

“Right now, she only has 3% of her lungs working and her heart can't do what it needs in order to keep her body stable right now,” says Anthony.

Her family is lodging at the Ronald McDonald House.

Her friend Cheyenne is selling shirts to help the family with other expenses.

“It's just like once one thing started with me, it just went and continued and I was like oh my God,” says Tiller.

The Houston County Career Academy where Mckenzie was a student is collecting gift cards to ease the cost of food and travel.

Support from the community isn't the only thing helping the family.

“We're just praying for a miracle and we're seeing her gradually improve so it's making our family a whole lot better,” says Anthony.

Mckenzie has been moved to the cardiac pulmonary critical care unit. She is using a ventilator and an ECMO machine. Doctors say she will be on the machines for at least four weeks.

First Free Will Baptist where McKenzie worships will be taking up a special offering this Sunday during the morning service.

Gift cards and donations can be dropped off at Houston County Career Academy at 662 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama.

You can mail cash or check to First Free Will Baptist Church, 1461 Timbers Dr., Dothan, AL 36301.

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