Full of love: Lakeridge student dies from pneumonia


FAMILY’S DEATH. A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR FROM LAKE OSWEGO PASSED AWAY THIS WEEKEND AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED FOR PNEUMONIA. TONIGHT, HER FAMILY IS HONORING NINA HEIDGERKEN. JENNIFER DOWLING SPOKE TO THEM TODAY AND JOINS US LIVE WITH THE STORY. REPORTER: NINA DIED FROM COMPLICATIONS FROM THE ILLNESS SATURDAY. HER UNCLE SAYS THIS EASTER SUNDAY THEY’RE USING THEIR FAITH STAY STRONG DURING THIS TRAGEDY. SHE WAS A REALLY PETITE GIRL, BUT HAD A TON OF ENERGY. REPORTER: THE 18-YEAR-OLD THAT BROUGHT JOY TO HER FAMILY AND FELLOW STUDENTS AT LAKERIDGE HIGH SCHOOL IS BACK WITH JESUS TONIGHT ON ONE OF THE MOST HOLY DAYS IN THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. THAT PLAYED A BIG PART IN NINA’S LIFE AND IN OUR FAMILY’S LIFE, AND WITHOUT THAT, I WOULDN’T BE SITTING HERE. AND I DON’T KNOW HOW ANYONE WOULD BE STANDING UP RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: HER UNCLE THANE CLELAND SAYS SHE’D BEEN BATTLING PNEUMONIA, BECAME VERY PALE, STRUGGLED TO BREATH, AND DEVELOPED ABDOMINAL PAINS. SHE’D BEEN TO THE DOCTOR A FEW TIMES, AND THEY RELEASED HER. AND TUESDAY SHE WENT IN AND THERE WAS AN INFECTION IN HER HEART. REPORTER: NOBODY THOUGHT THAT THAT AMAZING HEART, SO FULL OF A LOVE FOR LIFE, COULD POSSIBLY GIVE OUT. NO ONE HAD ANY IDEA THIS WAS COMING. REPORTER: NINA PLAYED VIOLA WITH PASSION AND THREW HERSELF INTO THEATRE. I NEVER SAW HER MORE EXCITED OR IN HER ELEMENT THAN WHEN SHE WAS IN MARY POPPINS. REPORTER: THANE SAYS SHE SANG IN THE CHOIR AT COMMUNITY OF FAITH CHURCH IN WEST LINN AND WAS PART OF SEVERAL MISSION TRIPS AND EXTENDED WARMTH TO THOSE WHO FELT ISOLATED OR BULLIED. SHE WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO TALK TO PEOPLE NOBODY ELSE WAS TALKING TO. REPORTER: THANE SAYS SHE WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER ALTHOUGH GOD MAY HAVE CALLED HER HOME UNEXPECTEDLY THE FAMILY WILL LEAN ON THEIR FAITH AND THAT OF NINA’S TO GET THEM THROUGH. REPORTER: THE FACT THAT HIS IS EASTER WEEKEND IS NOT LOST ON ANYBODY IN THE FAMILY AND IT’S THAT INCREDIBLE MIX OF EMOTION WHERE YOU ARE SO HAPPY THAT’S SHE’S NOT IN PAIN AND IN PARADISE WITH HER FATHER AND JESUS. AND WE’RE JUST DOWN HERE MISSING HER. REPORTER: NINA WAS GOING TO GRADUATE THIS SPRING FROM LAKERIDGE WITH A 4.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CLASSMATES THERE MISSING HER AS WELL AS THEY START TO RETURN FROM SPRING BREAK.

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