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LOWELL — An 11-year-old girl who was pulled from the swollen Merrimack River by a passerby who saw her struggling in the water on July 6 died at a Boston hospital where she was flown after her rescue, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday.

Lowell Police Deputy Superintendent Mark LeBlanc said last week that first responders were called to the riverbank in the area of VFW Highway and Aiken Street about 1 p.m. by a passerby who saw someone struggling in the water.

LeBlanc said an initial investigation determined the girl was swimming in the river with another child when she began struggling, prompting a passerby to call 911 and then jump in the river and pull the girl out. Police arrived to find the 11-year-old girl on the riverbank with another good Samaritan who began first aid once the girl was out of the river.

Girl, 11, in critical condition after being pulled from Merrimack River in Lowell

The girl was taken to a Boston trauma center by a MedFlight helicopter, but died on Thursday, according to a GoFundMe page setup by her family in an effort to help defray funeral costs.

In a message that compares the girl to a diamond, and which says she brought joy to her family with just a glance, a family member revealed the girl was an organ donor whose heart, liver, kidney and pancreas helped save the lives of four other people.

For more information on the fundraising effort, visit:

The incident came the same day a toddler was pulled from a pool in Tewksbury by his 11-year-old sister before being resuscitated by a family member who was given instructions by public safety dispatchers, and amid a summer in which drownings have claimed a number of young lives across the state.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has warned drowning is a leading cause of death among children both statewide and across the nation, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering free swimming lessons at some state-run pools this summer to help increase swimming safety in the wake of the pandemic, which resulted in many youngsters not getting swimming lessons.

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