Christian Benge, a beautiful 16-year-old girl was enjoying a fun night out with about 100 friends and family members at the Land of Illusion Scream Park, a popular Halloween attraction in Dayton, Ohio. As they were touring one of the Haunted Houses at the park, Christian began unexpectedly experiencing difficulty and collapsed, according to Fox 8 News in Cleveland.
Immediately her mom, Jean, dropped to her knees to start CPR on her daughter. Jean recalls that moment for WLWT.
“The mother instincts kicked in and I started CPR. And I did CPR until the paramedics arrived and I trusted God. He has an ultimate plan. It was just time.”
When the paramedics arrived, Christian, who was a sophomore at New Miami High School, was rushed to Atrium Medical Center where she died. Warren County Coroner’s Office says an autopsy is underway. Although it is believed her death is related to a medical condition Christian had since birth.
Jean Benge tells WLWT that her daughter was born with only one lung, and had actually “been doing fine until Friday.”
Christian was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevent the lungs from developing normally. Ernest Benge, Christian’s grandfather and pastor at Full Gospel Church in St. Clair Township said having been born with one lung, Christian wasn’t expected to live. But she did, and she experienced breathing problems at times. However, despite her health issues, Ernest sais Christian’s death was “sudden and unexpected” as he told News Net 5.
Christians grandmother, Betty Benge reveals that the medical officials have said that “part of Christian’s heart was enlarged.”
“They said she was like a time bomb.”
Christian’s grandmother recalls the moment when Christian collapsed, per News Net 5.
“She got halfway through the house and just collapsed. She was almost through it.”
According to ABC News, the Warren County coroner, Dr. Russell Uptegrove determined a “significant abnormality. He went on to say that he could not determine if fear was a factor.
“That’s the $20 million question. It’s something we may never know for sure, but because her death involved heart problems, the fear in places like that could have pushed her over the edge, so to speak…. But I can’t say that definitively.”
Christian Benge will be greatly missed by all who loved her. Her family tells how she was an active member of Eaton Road Full Gospel Church. She loved to sing and participated in the choir.
Ernest Benge paid a very sweet tribute to his granddaughter, as revealed by Palm Beach Post.
“You couldn’t find a better kid than she was. We don’t understand it, but you just survive it. She was one of the kids you never have to correct. I just wish there were more giving and more loving like she lived her life. She’s always been a kid that never complained, even through all the operations she went through.”
Her mother, Jean, is relying on faith, along with support of family and friends to get her through this horrible ordeal. Jean remembers her daughter with loving thoughts.
“She was the sweetest, most generous, kind-hearted, loving person. I just miss her so much. My best friend is gone. But she’s better off.”
Christian’s aunt, Julene Adams, tells WLWT that Christian sang the previous Sunday at church. The song she sang was Long As I Got Jesus (Don’t Need Nobody Else).
“Those memories of her up there singing and pouring out her heart to everyone are the fondest memories I have of her.”
Below is a lyrical video of the last song Christian sang at her church about her Lord that she loved so much.
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