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Schofield pupil who had heart transplant dies

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Haley Baer lived a "life worth dying for," family and friends said Wednesday.

14-year-old Haley Baer began having more health problems a little more than a month ago.
14-year-old Haley Baer began having more health problems a little more than a month ago.

The Schofield Middle School pupil, who underwent a heart transplant in 2004, died Monday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

Haley's health began failing a little more than a month ago, said her father, Adrian Baer.

Last Thursday, Haley's family found her unconscious in her bedroom, her grandmother, Debra Baer, said.

"There were no grave indicators. It's still a shock to us," she said. "We still don't know what happened, and it'll be a month or more before we do. That's the tough part."

In December, the lively 14-year-old first came to terms with death, Debra Baer said. Haley underwent a routine medical procedure, and her heart stopped.

"That was the first time she started contemplating that she could die," Debra Baer said. "It was very intense. She was still happy, but, in her quieter moments, she would have more questions."

Her family jokingly said she majored in socializing, and lived for outdoor events such as water skiing and swimming. She also had a passion for gymnastics and participated until she had the heart transplant, made necessary by a congenital defect, when she was 9.

Although her classmates are in a state of mourning, Principal Carl White said, her lasting impression is one that's celebrated.

"She was very popular," he said. "She was a student who loved her friends, so much so that even when she wasn't physically well, she was here."

By Wednesday afternoon, a Facebook page -- RIP Haley Baer, started by classmate Callie D'Andria -- already had more than 700 members. Many of the comments were from strangers who appreciated the kind words of the people who knew Haley.

Debra Baer said a collage created by Haley's friends after her death characterizes the way she lived her life.

"It reads, 'Don't be afraid of dying, live a life worth dying for,' " she said.

The family will hold visitation Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Shellhouse Funeral Home, located at 924 Hayne Ave. in Aiken.

Haley's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church in Graniteville. Classmates will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 02/04/10 - 09:06 am
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My thoughts and prayers are

My thoughts and prayers are with the Baer family--may she RIP.

curly123053
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curly123053 02/04/10 - 09:58 am
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God must have had plans for

God must have had plans for Haley and now she is fulfilling those plans. I pray for the family and friends of Haley.

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sonic_imperial 02/04/10 - 11:06 am
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Prayers for the family.

Prayers for the family.

ripjones
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ripjones 02/04/10 - 02:54 pm
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Bentman - You may crawl back

Bentman - You may crawl back under your rock now. Prayers to her family and friends. What a shame...

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1CowboyFan 02/04/10 - 04:40 pm
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To the Baer family: I wish to

To the Baer family: I wish to apologize for the thoughtless , insensitive remark left by bentman. It is a true tragedy to lose someone so young. Find peace in knowing she is with our Lord in a better place. I too went through the process of transplantation with my wife a few years ago, she needed a heart and lung transplant which was going to be performed at MUSC. She passed before the operation could be done. No one knows the pain and anxious moments such a process it is to go through, unless they have been there themselves. Haley was truly blessed to have had the operation and given more time on this earth. I'm truly saddened by your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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andywarhol 02/04/10 - 06:05 pm
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That wasn't an insensitive

That wasn't an insensitive remark. I'm assuming it was left for the editorial staff that made a mispelling. Nice to know who doesn't have any common sense.

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andywarhol 02/04/10 - 06:05 pm
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JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 02/04/10 - 06:53 pm
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I'm so sorry for your loss!

I'm so sorry for your loss!

CKB
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CKB 02/05/10 - 09:06 am
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To the family- I am sorry for

To the family-

I am sorry for your loss. I did not know Haley, but it seems she was a very special young lady. You will be in my prayers. Like others, please know others are appalled at how some can be so insensitive- maybe one day they will mature.

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