An Ohio cheerleading coach died Monday from head injuries she sustained during a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, and it wasn't clear if she had undergone the organ donation surgery family members had planned while she was in a coma.
Meagan Toothman, 24, was confirmed as the seventh person to die from the August 13 stage collapse, according to a statement from the Marion County coroner's office released last night.She had been scheduled to undergo the organ donation surgery Monday afternoon, but the statement didn't say if that had happened.
Seventh victim: Meagan Toothman, 24, a cheerleading coach, died last night from head injuries sustained in the Indiana State Fair stage collapseToothman's family said earlier in a Web journal that organ donation surgery 'will provide gifts of sight, health, and life to dozens who are in need'. Doctors put Toothman into a coma August 15 to try to ease the bruising and swelling on her brain.
'Late last night it became apparent that our Meagan was no longer with us,' the family wrote yesterday. 'The decision was made to allow to her to be at peace.'
Gift of life: Toothman's parents say their daughter's organs are being donatedAuthorities erroneously reported that she had died late Sunday, but Marion County coroner's office spokeswoman Marchele Hall said Toothman remained in a coma at the time. Toothman was the head cheerleading coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati.'The outpouring of love and hope was an inspiration to all of us to keep her fighting,' her family said. 'We hope that she will continue to touch more lives in the same way through her passing.'Toothman graduated from Wittenberg University in 2009 and a statement by Doctor Sarah M. Kelly, Dean of Students at the institution, read: 'All of us in the Wittenberg family are deeply saddened to learn that Meagan is no longer with us.
'Meagan represented the best of Wittenberg as both a scholar-athlete, beloved sister in her sorority and a friend to many.'Meagan found her calling in supporting others. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time.'Strong winds toppled a stage onto a crowd of fans as they waited for country band Sugarland to perform.Three fans and a security guard died at the scene, while a fourth fan and a stagehand later died of their injuries. Some four dozen people were hurt, many seriously.
It was not known yesterday how many of those injured in the stage collapse remained hospitalised.Horror: The moment strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse at the fairground in IndianapolisState police stopped providing updates on the injured last week and hospitals have not provided reports on the condition of those injured.Roeland Polet, whose wife and two daughters had attended the concert with Toothman, told The Associated Press that Toothman's death would be yet another tragedy for their family.
His wife, Jill Polet, and their older daughter, Jaymie Polet, were both injured in the collapse and remain hospitalised but their younger daughter, Jordan, escaped injury. More...Horrific moment the stage collapsed onto screaming crowd at Indiana State Fair killing at least five and injuring 45[/*]'Another second and I wouldn't be here': The heroism, tragedy and heartbreak that came out of the Indiana stage disaster[/*]Thousands flee swaying buildings as 5.8 earthquake shakes East Coast from Washington D.C. to New York City[/*][/list]'It's horrible. It is devastating for my family. For my daughter, she was like a big sister. They were extremely close,' Polet said of his daughter Jaymie and Toothman.
He said both Jill and Jaymie, who are in separate hospitals in Indianapolis, are 'in very rough shape.'
He said it's unclear when they will be released and both suffered multiple fractures.
Tragic: Pretty Alina, a teacher, was killed when the stage collapsed on top of herJaymie had been a cheerleader at Turpin High School and had planned to try out for cheerleader at Indiana University, where she's enrolled for this fall. Polet said IU officials came to the hospital Sunday with T-shirts and banners for her.
The horrifying moment when the stage collapsed during a storm at the Indiana State Fair was captured on video.
Fans screamed hysterically after strong winds caused the stage rigging for the outdoor concert to collapse on top of them shortly before 9pm as a country music band were about to perform.Emergency crews were called to the scene to tend to those trapped beneath the stage and workers set up a command centre to treat to those who were injured.Children were among 45 people who were badly hurt.Activist: Christina Santiago leaves behind a long-term partner after she was hit by the falling stage
Fell: Construction worker Nathan Byrd was up on top of the rigging, running a spotlight, when the stage collapsedThousands of concert-goers had to be evacuated to a nearby building because of high winds of up to 60mph when the rigging for the stage fell onto the track where some were seated.'It was like it was in slow motion,' concert-goer Amy Weathers told the Indianapolis Star. 'You couldn't believe it was actually happening.'Those who were injured were being moved to a tunnel below the stage, the Star reported. A hole was being dug to try to reach those trapped beneath the rigging.One of those killed was stagehand Nate Byrd, 51, who was on the rigging to run the show's spotlight.Mr Byrd was crushed after he fell to the ground with the stage and died on Sunday at Methodist Hospital.Panic: Fans waiting to see Sugarland run away after high winds blew the stage overRescue: Family members tend to their injured relatives after the horrific accidentAftermath: People continue to be treated as the clean up began last nightDevastation: The National Weather Service reports portions of the stage were blown into the grandstandsAlso killed on the scene were Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah, Indiana; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina BigJohny, 23 of Fort Wayne and Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago, according to the Marion County Coroner's office.Alina, a 23-year-old teacher, can be seen in pictures happily smiling for the camera before the accident claimed her young life.Other shots show Christina Santiago, 29, who also died in the accident.Jennifer Haskell, a senior at Ball State University 22-year-old college student is the sixth person.
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