Family, firefighters mourn 4-year-old who died after crash

July 16, 2013 

Four-year-old Alyson Defur was declared brain dead July 10 following a July 7 auto crash that injured nine total people. Alyson suffered serious injuries to her brain, heart and lungs.

Her family decided last week to take her off life support, but waited for medicines to filter out of her system so they could donate her organs. Those surgeries will be carried out starting Tuesday evening, according to an update on a CaringBridge account created for Alyson.

Patients in rare cases have recovered from brain death, or the permanent loss of brain function. But medical bodies such as the American Academy of Neurology consider it to mean the person has died. According to a CaringBridge post, doctors confirmed Alyson's death Tuesday and issued a time of death at 9:09 a.m.

Alyson's mother, Sarah Defur, is a member of the Nampa Fire Department and her grandmother, Pamela Romans, works for the Boise Police Department. First-responders across the valley visited the hospital to support the family. On Tuesday, Doug Strosnider, Nampa deputy fire chief, emailed out the following statement:

"It is with great sadness and heartache that we formally inform our family, friends, neighbors and community that our dear little [Alyson] 'Aly' Defur has passed away today. Allison was a vibrant young 4 year old girl full of love, laughter and life. She is survived by her parents Tom and Sarah Defur and her little brother Noah. Sarah has been a member of our Nampa Fire Department family for seven years and prior to being hired here was a member of Eagle Fire Department. We hurt and grieve for the Defur’s, we also extend our love and compassion to everyone that was involved in this terrible tragedy. We would like to suggest that you take a moment to give those close to you a hug, tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them.

"In four short years Aly was very blessed, she was raised by two amazing parents that continue to put God and Family at the top of their priority list. Please continue to pray for the Defur family and all of those who were involved or effected by this accident. As a department we have had an outpouring of support and concern from our good friends at Caldwell Fire, Meridian Fire, Middleton Fire, Upper Deer Flat Fire, Boise Fire, Kuna Fire, Eagle Fire, Nampa Police Department, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police. The Defur family will be releasing information on services for Aly after they are determined.

"I personally would like to thank each of you that shared your compassion and have graciously allowed me to work through this incident, the heartfelt concern is something I won’t forget.

"I’m just one of many that are blessed to be able to call Idaho home."

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