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Upstate mother of 4 passes away after fighting for her life

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Michelle DeRossett and family (Source: Family) Michelle DeRossett and family (Source: Family)
Michelle DeRossett (Source: Family) Michelle DeRossett (Source: Family)

An Upstate mom who was fighting for her life after coming down with some health issues, has passed away.

Thirty-one-year-old Michelle DeRossett started having chest pains in February, but her family had no idea of the painful road they were about to go down.

Michelle's heart suddenly failed and she was rushed to GHS one night. That’s when her family got the shock of their lives.

"She has always believed in miracles from God, so we're believing in that right now," said Letha Kay, a member of Hilltop Wesleyan Church, where Michelle serves as the children’s minister.

"I firmly believe she wouldn’t have been alive right now if it had not been for prayer," said Kay.

Michelle’s family said GHS doctors did all they could do and she was transferred to a Charlotte hospital.

Michelle’s family found out she had an enlarged heart - a condition that has caused her to go into cardiac arrest twice.

Doctors told Michelle’s family that an ECMO was the only option to keep her alive.  The device pumps blood to the heart, allowing it to rest and potentially strengthen.

According to a GoGundMe page set up by a family friend, Michelle may  have needed a heart transplant. Those close to Michelle said it was a miracle she was alive.

"When her sisters were praying over, her she was listening," said Kay. “She can hear and move her fingers some and instead of just moving her fingers, she raised her hand. We firmly believe she has enough faith and believe she will get through this."

"She’s always friendly, always happy and always doing for other people," said Kay.

The mother of 4 had just given birth to a baby girl 2 months ago, and friends were asking for the community's help with finding new moms to donate breast milk to feed her newborn.

"Getting milk for the baby, that’s another thing that they’ve been trying to do,” said Kay. “They’re trying to find frozen breast milk and a lot of people have responded to that.”

"We are so grateful for the overwhelming support in providing breastmilk for the baby. The outpouring of donations has been so great that we no longer have a need for more breastmilk donors at this time,” said Kara Jean, Michelle’s sister.

Friends were also asking for continued prayers for Michelle and her family as she kept fighting for her life.

"She needs our help to pray for them and to support them, encourage them and let them know we truly believe she’s going to come through this," said Kay.

As of Saturday, Michelle's family gave the following update:

“We thank everyone for the prayers and support. Michelle has been listed on the heart transplant registry and we are trusting God's timing. She remains in stable condition on life support and is awake and alert and able to talk to her loved ones. We are thankful for the excellent care of the physicians and medical staff and trusting in healing from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.”

Michelle's friends set up a GoFundMe page. In its first day, the page generated more than $4,000 dollars. Those interested in helping Michelle's famliy can donate here.

On Wednesday, February 28, FOX Carolina learned that Michelle had passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. Her obituary was posted online HERE.

Her funeral service will be held Friday, March 2 from 1 - 2 p.m. at Southern Wesleyan University, Newton Hobson Auditorium in Central.

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