Parents hope to bring awareness, establish non-profit after daughter’s death

VIDEO: Broken Arrow family remembering life of 12-year-old daughter

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Students at Broken Arrow’s Sequoyah Middle School will be returning to school in September without one of their classmates.

Makayla Gray, 12, passed away on June 23.

Makayla was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, while in-utero, was born prematurely, in March 2008, and endured her first surgery just three days after her birth.

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She then endured several additional surgeries and medical procedures.

Five years ago, doctors performed a heart transplant surgery, at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

During a routine procedure to examine her transplanted heart, doctors said she was doing well, and released her.

At home, Makayla seemed more fatigued than usual, then suffered what appeared to be cardiac arrest.

Makayla’s mom, Stephanie, attempted CPR, while her father, Christian, called 911.

Makayla’s parents are working to establish a non-profit to honor her memory.

They are also in talks with lawmakers about legislation that would require annual CPR training for the parents of pediatric cardiac patients, offered at annual appointments, and they would also like to see health insurance providers cover the cost of at-home defibrillators for children who are at high risk of cardiac arrest.

Friends established a GoFundMe Page for Makayla’s family. You can donate here.

Photo: Provided by Gray Familiy.
Photo: Provided by Gray Familiy.