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Child Needing Heart, Lungs And Liver Transplants Dies

September 8, 1986

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) _ Kellie Fugitt, the toddler who was turned down for heart, lungs and liver transplants, has died.

Kellie, 3 1/2 , died in the arms of her grandmother, Alice Klug, at Hackley Hospital on Sunday, the day before she was to leave the hospital.

In July, doctors at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis said they would not attempt a precedent-setting triple-organ transplant on Kellie after they found she also had a kidney ailment.

″Kellie was very, very special in all our hearts,″ said Linda Scott, head nurse of Hackley’s pediatrics ward. ″We feel she was put on this earth for a special reason, if not just to make people love her. She could bring out love in people. She touched everyone who worked here.″

Kellie, daughter of Diane and Albert Fugitt of Muskegon, suffered from intrahepatic dysplasia, a liver disease; and a narrowing of blood vessels leading to the lungs and heart. She had been hospitalized since Aug. 25.

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