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12-Year-Old Passes Away After Battle With Flu

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Feb 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-18 16:05:53-05

A 12-year-old girl from White House has passed away following a battle with the flu, according to family members.

Greycin Oaks collapsed at home when she fell ill with the flu. Her father, Ben Oaks, sprang into action, administering CPR for 15 minutes while medics rushed to the scene. The family said "doctors worked around the clock to get her well."

Friday, family members confirmed Greycin had passed away that morning.

Sunday, Greycin's grandfather, Don Oaks, released the following statement from the family:

Greycin lived her life as a vibrant energetic girl. Full of life and personality. She described herself as fabulous.

When Greycin fell ill with the flu her Dad, Ben, kept her alive by performing CPR for 15 minutes while the medics were in route.. Ben was the first responder in this situation. The family is truly thankful for the professionals that took over and got Greycin to the hospital where doctors worked around the clock to get her well.

It is very important to Ben that we send the message of how important CPR is and if you don't know how to perform it or at least have a person in your home that does then please change that as it could be the difference in saving a life.

The family also wants to place emphasis on the importance of getting flu shots and keeping your hands clean during flu season.

This is the hardest situation that most of us have ever witnessed or been a part of. It is heartbreaking.

We believe in God and know that through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we will all see Greycin again in heaven.

A friend of the family has set up a GoFundMe account in honor of Greycin. Her family did not leave her side throughout this process and is now grieving. With that said, medical bills as well as standard bills continue to mount. This is a difficult time and many people have asked how they can help so this is a way for those of you wanting to help to show love and support.

We ask that everyone who knew Greycin to carry a piece of her with you as you move forward and to honor her by living a life of purpose.

Thanks for all of the well wishes and encouragement and continue to pray for Greycin and her heartbroken family.

The Oaks Family.

A family friend set up a gofundme account to help with expenses during this time. On that site, the friend said, “Thank you so much for all the love, thoughts, and prayers for the Oaks family. Please continue sharing her story and giving to support her family during this time of need. God bless you all!”

Visitation for Greycin will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House. The public is welcome.

On Tuesday, visitation will continue from 10 a.m. till noon with a Celebration of Life service starting at noon in the chapel of the funeral home. It will be officiated by Greycin's uncle, Nathan Oaks.

Greycin's burial will follow the service at White House Memorial Gardens.