by Cassandra R. Elias
A pregnant Indiana mom was killed in a car accident yet her unborn baby was safely delivered via c-section after her death. Her two small children, who were in the backseat, also survived the crash. The baby is clinging to life, according to local police.
When police arrived at the scene, they found mom and two children, ages 3 and 7 in the car. The children were safe although the seven-year-old child was not restrained and suffered a minor abrasion to the leg. The three-year-old was restrained in a car seat and uninjured.
Mom, seven months pregnant, however, was unresponsive. CPR efforts were unsuccessful and she was taken to a local hospital. Hospital personnel performed an emergency delivery of the unborn baby.
A preliminary investigation found that while driving, mom drove left of the center lane, striking a semi's rear tears. Her vehicle then went through a yard and struck a utility pole.
Mom was not wearing a seat belt. Perhaps she was uncomfortable wearing one so far in her pregnancy? But this tragedy may serve as a cautionary tale. The unrestrained child did receive an injury, albeit minor, while the restrained child did not.
Who is to say what the outcome might have been had mom been wearing her seat belt? That would be the only positive that can come from such a horrifically sad outcome.
Have you ever considered skipping a seat belt for comfort? Would you think again?