Wichita teen who spent 457 days in hospital passes away

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The Wichita teen that walked while on life support at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has passed away. 

The family said 17-year-old Zei Uwadia passed away Monday. Funeral arrangement are still being made. 

KSN recently brought you the story of Zei coming home to her house after 457 days in the hospital for a lung condition. She left Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, on Jan. 31, a day before her 17th birthday.

Uwadia was hospitalized after her lungs failed without explanation. During the hospital stay, she became the first patient to walk on an invasive form of life support at the hospital. Hundreds of thousands of people watched her walking on videos posted online. Hospital staff lined her path, applauding and wiping away tears.

The hospital said in a statement that everyone there was heartbroken by Uwadia’s death but inspired by her “fighting spirit.”

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