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Mother of Palmetto swing set accident victim talks about her death

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - A little girl's battle for survival over the past six years has come to an end.

Lexi Antorino, 2, was crushed by a swing set back in 2007 and was in a semi-comatose state for years.  Sadly, she passed away on Monday morning.

"You get the hand that's dealt to you and you deal with it,” said Lexi’s mother, Sarah Antorino.

In early December 2007, Sarah was getting ready for the holidays.  As she ran errands, a relative took her two year old daughter Lexi to play at the swings, when suddenly, the swing set collapsed.

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Lexi's neck was broken and her skull was crushed.

“[The doctors] said she should not have made it through the night. She made it for six years,” Antorino said.

“She didn’t even blink her eyes,” recalled Antorino.  “Her care consisted of turning and changing every two hours, feeding every four hours.”

It was difficult, but Sarah had faith.

"I was still was fighting that she was going to wake up. Still to the last day, I didn't care what anybody said,” Antorino said.

Lexi caught pneumonia and died on Monday morning.

Fighting tears, Antorino said, "I don't know. My life has been around Lexi, I don't know.”

Sarah had no idea how long she was willing to keep Lexi living like this.  She says she is thankful that Lexi went on her own terms.

"The prayer always was heal her or take her, and He took her. I didn't have to make the decision to pull the plug,” Antorino stated. “I was still was fighting that she was going to wake up. Still to the last day, I didn’t care what anybody said. God had a different plan.”

Sarah learned a lot about herself through all this.

“I’ve learned how strong somebody can be no matter what’s thrown at you,” she said.

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