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BYU players, Utah community show support for daughter of BYU assistant coach who remains hospitalized

Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe, was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday after becoming entangled in a mini-blind cord. She remains hospitalized and an MRI conducted on Friday revealed
Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe, was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday after becoming entangled in a mini-blind cord. She remains hospitalized and an MRI conducted on Friday revealed damage in her brain.
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An outpouring of support continues to flood in for Elsie Mahe, the 3-year-old daughter of BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe who became entangled in a mini-blind cord on Tuesday at the family's Lehi home and remains hospitalized.

A magnetic resonance imaging scan on Friday revealed that while her basic functions like breathing, coughing and reacting to pain remain unaffected, the upper lobes in her brain "went without oxygen long enough to be devastated," according to an update on her condition on a GoFundMe account established by family friend Jeremy Roberts.

“There is nothing more that they can tell us about that,” Reno Mahe said in a statement through Roberts, KSL reported. “We will continue to hope for a miracle for Elsie.”

The BYU women's basketball team showed its support for Elsie Mahe and the Mahe family, marking their wrists with the letters EM during the team's 71-56 win over St. Joseph's on Friday night.

Kalani Purcell, a forward on the BYU women's basketball team and a close friend of the Mahe family, shared her thoughts of love and support on Thanksgiving.

Other members of the BYU sports community have shared their thoughts as well this weekend.

BYU's football team will play its first game since the accident on Saturday night, when the Cougars host in-state rival Utah State. There has been a call on social media for fans to wear pink, Elsie Mahe's favorite color, in support of her at the game.

https://twitter.com/kat_moala/status/802576257896562688BYU punter Jonny Linehan said he will wear pink cleats to show his support.

Utah State coach Matt Wells also voiced his care and concern for the Mahe family.

The Mahe family is in watch and wait mode in regards to Elsie Mahe's health. Her mother, Sunny Mahe, a former BYU volleyball player, voiced her appreciation Friday morning for the support the family has received.

"I'm completely overwhelmed and humbled at the hours of prayers, service and support that has been given to my family," Sunny Mahe said on a Facebook page set up to share updates on Elsie Mahe's health.

Sunny Mahe added: "I have felt peace about Elsie. She seems to be showing slow but positive progress, but the Lord could still call her home. We are not out of the woods. But I trust Him and His plan."