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Update: Classmates pay tribute to teen who went into cardiac arrest during wisdom teeth surgery


It was widely reported this weekend that Galleger had died Friday, but her family clarified Monday saying she is "alive, but not well." Read more here

The Eden Prairie girl's lacrosse team wore blue ribbons in their hair Saturday in honor of a junior who went into cardiac arrest while getting her wisdom teeth removed this past week.

At the end of the routine procedure, 17-year-old Sydney Galleger's blood pressure shot up and her pulse dropped, sending her into cardiac arrest, her family wrote on her CaringBridge page.

After several days in the intensive care unit at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, doctors said there was nothing else they could do for Galleger, her family wrote. Her family called it a "roller coaster," noting her condition changed quickly – she went from being stable, to having seizures and her brain continued to swell.

"We may never know the reason of why her heart decided to come to a rest, but we do know she had the biggest heart as a daughter and friend," her family wrote on the CaringBridge page.

The lacrosse team dedicated their third state championship win to Galleger, holding their trophy up in honor of the junior diver and alpine skier, the Pioneer Press says.

“I was pushing to win for Sydney,” junior midfielder Kelly Wolfe told the Star Tribune. “I wanted to win it for Eagle Nation.”

Wolfe scored the game-winning double-overtime goal Saturday to lead the Eagles to victory.

"We all wanted to play for Sydney," Wolfe said to the Pioneer Press. "It's still going through our minds."

“She really did touch so many lives,” student Kate Piechowski told WCCO.

Friends and family also held a candlelight vigil for Galleger at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight, according to Galleger's CaringBridge page.

Others shared their thoughts and condolences on Twitter.

Galleger has been an organ donor since she got her driver's license at age 16, her family says.

"Fortunately, all of her organs seem to be healthy for transplanting ... we are still in shock that this has happened, but knowing that a part of Sydney will live on and give someone else life gives us some comfort," her family wrote.

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