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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A Virginia teenager is struggling to survive after suffering from a massive heart attack.

Hailey Lane decided that she wanted to serve her country when she was just in the first-grade.

On Sept. 11, 2001, her mother was supposed to take a tour of the Pentagon.

Amazingly, she missed the tour bus and was not there when a plane crashed into the building.

In 2013, Lane graduated in the top five of her class from Midlothian High School.

She was an Academic All-American honored swimmer, who was recruited to swim by all the military academies.

She eventually chose the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

During spring break, Lane was in her hometown when she suffered a massive heart attack at a nearby gym.

A nurse employed at the gym and an anesthesiologist who was working out that day worked frantically to revive her.

She was without a pulse for more than 20 minutes.

Doctors were able to restart her heart, but she barely clung to life as her kidneys started to fail, her twin sister Savannah told WTVR.

Her heart capacity was originally listed at five percent but has slowly improved to 35 percent.

Doctors hope to take her off life support on Tuesday.

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