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4-year-old girl who drowned in Twin Cities hotel pool saves lives as organ donor

"Her energy was infectious and her smile would light up a room!"

A Minnesota family is grieving the loss of a 4-year-old girl who died after a drowning accident at a Twin Cities hotel pool. 

Lamyah Lou Yvette Reece died Monday, Jan. 27 at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Two days prior she was found in a pool at the AmericInn hotel in Mounds View. Her cause of death was from complications of freshwater drowning, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. 

"Lamyah your life ended too soon! With heavy hearts and great sadness we must say goodbye to our precious baby girl," a GoFundMe for her family says. "Lamyah touched the lives of all who were around her! Her energy was infectious and her smile would light up a room!

"We lost our Princess to a tragic accident. Our whole family is devastated and in great despair."

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The fundraiser has a goal of generating $20,000 and as of Tuesday morning it had raised just shy of $5,500. The money will help the family with funeral expenses to "give our baby girl the goodbye she deserves," the fundraiser says. 

Lamyah's mother spoke with WCCO-TV and said she dropped her daughter off at the hotel for a birthday pool party, and was told by an investigator that Lamyah went down a water slide by herself and approximately five minutes passed before anyone noticed she was underwater. 

She had gone down the water slide earlier under the watchful eyes of other swimmers, who helped her once she reached the water. 

Lamyah's organs were donated, including her heart going to a 1-year-old boy and her liver helping a 9-month-old baby, according to FOX 9

The AmericInn in Mounds View has an indoor water center that includes a pool, hot tub, children's pool and a water slide.

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