A 22-year-old Indiana woman is celebrating the birth of her daughter and mourning the death of her husband who was killed in a car crash just hours before she gave birth. Rebecca Sperry's husband Jesse was killed on April 6 when a speeding SUV rammed them from behind as they drove home from church services. Nine months pregnant, Sperry had been scheduled to be induced later that night, but instead, having survived the crash with injuries, she was airlifted and welcomed her daughter, Autumn Marie, via emergency C-section.
Today, Rebecca's speaking out about her heartwrenching story. She told the local Herald Bulletin in an emotional interview that she feels it "was a blessing to have that last moment" with her husband, and once she knew he had taken his last breath, she let herself "relax and lose consciousness. I was thinking about the baby."
Especially while in the midst of her first days of motherhood, it seems like a total uphill battle for a young woman like Rebecca to get through this devastating turn of events. But the new mom appears to be doing exactly that, in great part because she feels that having little Autumn by her side now is almost like having a part of Jesse, too.
Rebecca's parents say that Autumn looks like Jesse. And as Jesse lunged from his seat to protect her in the seconds after impact, the fact that Autumn -- and Rebecca, of course -- are still here serves as a continual reminder of his presence in the world.
And that will most likely be a constant source of solace for Rebecca. Even for parents who aren't facing the same tragic circumstances, seeing the person they love reflected back to them by their child is incredibly comforting. Seeing your partner in your little one helps reinforce that connection you have with them, no matter where they are.
By having that, Rebecca and Autumn will be able to lean on one another for years to come, and the memory of Jesse will be something that only serves to make them emotionally stronger and bonded in an amazing way.
What words of comfort would you pass on to Rebecca and Autumn? How does your child reflect your partner?