Updated: Carly's Church Devoted Part Of Wednesday Service To Her

The St. Louis Park School District is providing counselors for students. A YouTube video was posted 'In Remembrance of Carly Christenson.'

A worship service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westwood Lutheran Church included "a time of prayer and candle-lighting to remember Carly (Christenson)," according to a Constant Contact post by church staff.

Carly died at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to the church.

A YouTube user named zappyext posted a video Wednesday morning "In Remembrance of Carly Christenson." It includes many photos of Carly and her friends. (You can view it above.)

Two slides at the end of the video say, "This video is dedicated to the Christenson family. You are not alone. Support is coming from all around."

Carly, 14, came home from basketball practice at St. Louis Park High School with a bad sore throat Dec. 20 and was admitted to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis on Dec. 24. .

A WCCO report said Carly had fluid in her lungs and a fever when she was admitted to the hospital. "Her clogged lungs were not providing enough oxygen to her body, so she was given a heart and lung bypass via what is called an ECMO machine," the WCCO story said.

The Christenson family's church, Westwood, confirmed her death Tuesday afternoon on its Facebook page.

Also on Tuesday, the St. Louis Park School District posted the following statement on its website

The High School has learned that 9th grade student Carly Christenson passed away today after a serious illness. The High School is implementing its Crisis Response Plan and counselors, social workers, and other staff are available to meet with students as needed. All of the girl’s basketball home games tonight have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. The boy’s games at Fridley will still be played tonight. The high school and entire school district send our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends. The school and district are unable to release any additional, specific information due to data privacy laws.

The church's Constant Contact post says her funeral likely will be held Saturday.

Check St. Louis Park Patch for more information.

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Michael Hindin January 10, 2013 at 02:49 PM
As a parent this is the worst tragedy that can befall a family. Our prayers are with Carly's family. friends and our community. The rest of us can help stop the spread of this virus. While vaccines are not 100% effective and some individuals don't have adequate immune systems or underlying problems, we can help protect them by getting vaccinated ourselves. There is a public health principal called herd immunity that recognizes that if about 70% of the population is immunized, there are too few susceptible individuals to transmit viruses effectively. Immune people are a barrier to transmission to the very young, the very old and other individuals who can't be vaccinated successfully. Please do your part and get vaccinated.


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