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January 19, 2019

Chargers’ Brandon Mebane’s daughter dies at 7 weeks due to defective heart condition

January 10, 2019
Brandon Mebane said he still plans to play Sunday against the Patriots. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Chargers defensive tackle Brandon Mebane announced Wednesday that his daughter died late last week after just seven weeks.

Makenna was born premature with trisomy 13, a chromosomal condition often linked to severe intellectual disability, heart defects, brain and spinal cord abnormalities and cleft palates, according to the National Institute of Health.

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“She wasn’t getting better so we had to make a decision,” Mebane said in a statement through the team. “She kept having bleeds from the stomach, and then when they tried to feed her, it wasn’t good for her liver.”

Mebane, a defensive co-captain, skipped Sunday’s wild card win over the Baltimore Ravens, but said he still plans to play in Sunday’s match-up against the New England Patriots.

He had previously missed four games during the regular season after Makenna was born.

“No matter where I am, I still think about her,” he said. “I’m just happy I’m still able to play this game, so (I’m doing) pretty good.”

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