Allie Brodie, 18, died on Saturday – three weeks after being hit in the head with a soccer ball
A University of Alabama freshman sorority girl died on Saturday – three weeks after being hit in the head with a soccer ball.
Allie Brodie, 18, of California, was playing soccer with friends on October 7 when she was hit in the head.
Over the next several days, Brodie started developing worsening symptoms and was hospitalized.
Doctors discovered that Brodie was born with a condition called brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that – combined with the head injury – caused her to start bleeding from the brain stem.
Brodie underwent surgery and then was put into a medically induced coma but never improved.
She passed away on Saturday.
After the injury, Brodie started to experience worsening symptoms and was hospitalized. Above, members of her sorority hold up a sign reading #AllieStrong
‘Our beautiful Allie fought as long as she could, but that wasn’t God’s plan,’ her mother Cindy wrote on Facebook. ‘Allie passed away yesterday afternoon but she will be in our hearts forever. She never came out of the coma, and couldn’t battle the complications from pneumonia. Heaven has gained a beautiful guardian angel, and we continue to seek peace in God’s plan for our sweet girl.
‘We thank each and every one of you for all of the love, support, comfort, and prayers you have provided for us and Allie during this time. We are truly grateful and blessed to have met so many amazing people through this tragedy. God bless all of you.
In addition to her mother, Brodie is survived by a twin sister studying at King’s College in London and a younger sister who lives at home with their mother.
Her Christian sorority, Alpha Delta Chi, has organized a vigil for Wednesday.
Doctors discovered that Allie was bleeding from the brain stem and puther in a medically induced coma, but she never recovered. She’s pictured above (left) graduating from high school with her twin sister (right) who’s studying at King’s College in London
Brodie passed away on Saturday. She is also survived by a younger sister (pictured together left) and a mother (pictured together right) who live in California
‘We are deeply saddened by the passing of our sister, Allie Brodie. Though we only knew her a short time, Allie made a significant impact on our sisters. We will miss her tremendously,’ the sorority said in a statement.
On a Go Fund Me page to raise money for her medical bills, a family friend wrote that Brodie ‘was so excited to be part of the Crimson Tide and loved all of her new “Bamaly” and sorority sisters’.
As of Monday, that fund had already raised more than $26,000 of its $50,000 goal.