A 4-year-old Rowan County girl who fell into her grandparents’ swimming pool while reaching for a toy died on Friday at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Natalie Lippard had been on life support at the hospital, with her family requesting prayers.
Natalie fell into the pool on Tuesday in the 8000 block of Sherrills Ford Road, west of Salisbury.
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On Friday morning, the family’s church, Stallings Memorial Baptist in Salisbury, reported that Natalie had died.
Church members prayed for Natalie at her bedside this week and at a vigil at the church on Wednesday night, Observer news partner WBTV reported.
“We’re praying that God will heal her and that God will be with her and be with her family during this time,” the Rev. Mike Herring, pastor of Stallings Memorial Baptist, said at the vigil, according to WBTV.
In less than a day, a Go Fund Me site established to help cover Natalie’s medical bills raised $8,370 toward a $15,000 goal. At least 110 people had donated to the fund by Friday evening.
On Friday, the church urged prayers for Natalie’s family.
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ - Matthew 19:14,” the church posted on its Facebook page.
“Natalie is dancing with Jesus in Heaven,” the church said. “Please continue praying for comfort and strength for the family.”