UPDATE: The family of Madison Hair released a statement via Christa Hild, Marketing Manager at Bay Medical:
"Monday afternoon at 3:38 p.m., Madison was declared legally brain dead. We have met with the organ team coordinator and Madison’s blood has been type matched in order to find eligible organ recipients. We are heartbroken at the loss of Madison who brought so much joy to all who knew her. However, there is hope and healing for our family in knowing that there are other families out there who are praying for a miracle right now and our Madison is able to provide it. Madison’s smile was infectious and it helps us to imagine it spreading across the faces of those who will be helped by this gift.
"This has been a difficult time for our family and we want to thank everyone for their prayers or support. You have lifted us up in a very dark time. A visitation and memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 30th, at A. Crawford Mosley High School gym. The visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:00 a.m. A special thanks to the administration and staff at Mosley for assisting us with this event. Madison grew up at Mosley as have many in our family and we hope all who join us will feel connected to their memories of Madison there."
UPDATE: Ray Wishart, a Hair family friend, posted the following statement via Facebook:
"Test results are in, Madison was declared legally brain dead at 3:38 PM today. Those of you that knew Madison knew she was born at 3:38 PM, you weren't allowed to wish her happy birthday until that time. Now we know why she was waiting to let go!
"The family has met with organ team coordinator, and her blood is on the way to be type matched. During the night tonight or...gan recipients will be selected. Mothers tonight will go to bed praying for a miracle of a new heart or kidney for their sick child, only to wake up to a phone call in the middle of the night letting them know a miracle is on the way. They will have Madison's giant smile on their face.
"Madison still just looks like she is sleeping like an angel. Tomorrow sometime around noon probably, after some private time with the family, they will take Madison down to the operating room to complete the process. If you see an ambulance heading to the airport tomorrow afternoon stop and say a prayer for whoever is getting that little bit of our princess!"
Madison's friends and family gathered Saturday night at the vigil as she was in extremely critical condition at Bay Medical Center’s Trauma Center.
Madison had been in the hospital since Friday evening, following a car accident on State Road 77 in the Sand Hills area of north Bay County.
Camille Valle is a fellow student and friend of Madison Hair, said Saturday, "She was always positive, always lit up the room, she was such a crazy spontaneous person and she's definitely going to be a big loss. We know that she's not with us physically here at the vigil, but we will always hold our memories forever in our heart."
These were the sentiments shared by all in attendance at Madison's vigil. The gym of Mosley High School became a sea of orange as it packed students, faculty, and family coming together to remember the different ways Madison effected their lives.
Students heard from teachers and friends about the impact Madison's accident had on their lives, but also the importance of remembering her.
Chelsea Chavez is a friend of Madison Hair: "But she is not gone, she will always be with me and she will always be with us."
Joey Hair is Madison’s brother: "I just want to say thank you for being there for my sister...and loving and caring for her whenever she needed it."
Students donned buttons with a smiling picture of Madison, lit candles and brought flowers to a memorial set up in the middle of the gym.
Todd Harless is a family friend: "I coached her brother in baseball and that's how I got to know her and it's just amazing she'd walk by my office on days I was having bad days and she would light everything up and it wasn't just for me, it was for everybody as you can see."
A smile that many will miss, but all will remember.