Evan Snider, a recent Christ Presbyterian Academy student-athlete, died on Monday after battling a traumatic brain injury following a July 23 car accident.
“These past days we have prayed and prayed for a miracle and realized last night, God gave us a miracle,” Evan’s mom, Terri, wrote in a social media post. “He gave us Evan. Evan is home now with his Lord and Savior.
“What a true blessing it has been to be his mother, father and sister. We give God the glory for the gift he gave our family.”
A family friend set up a GoFundMe account for the Sniders shortly after the accident was made public and raised more than $60,000. A Facebook group with more than 6,700 members has diligently been posting prayers, memories and more about Evan as well. The group was updated periodically by Evan’s dad, Mark.
Mark Snider said on Sunday in one of his last updates that Evan’s “brain function is nonexistent, but it’s not definitive.”
A blood test to determine the level of pentobarbital, a sedative that kept the former athlete in a medically induced coma, was used to help determine the next steps for Evan.
“Doctors yesterday gave us little hope of any level of recovery for Evan,” Mark said. “We need a powerful miracle.”
An update on Monday indicated doctors were going to perform an angiogram to determine if there was any blood flow to Evan’s brain.
“If there is no blood flow, TN law requires the physicians to pronounce Evan dead,” Mark said. “We are pleading with God, who is the source of life, to allow blood to be flowing in that precious brain of Evan’s.”
Terri’s message to the Facebook group was the latest from the family indicating Evan had died. The group’s page has been buzzing with well wishes, poems, Scripture and prayers for the family.
Gabriel Dickey, who said she was a former classmate of Evan’s, called the young man one of the kindest individuals she had ever met.
“I was new to CPA in fifth grade and was terrified because I was sick the first week of school and did not know a single person,” she recalled. “Evan was the first person in the whole school to smile and welcome me.
“Throughout the years, I have been honored to have watched Evan excel in track and field and (was) blessed by his infectious smile and loving spirit. He is the embodiment of a godly teammate and friend.”
Details regarding services for Evan, who was 19, have not been released. He was a former member of the track and field team and football team at the Nashville school.