Pregnant Mom Dies in Car Crash on Her Way to Give Birth -- but the Baby Survives


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Twenty-seven-year-old Desiree Strout was all set to deliver her third child on Monday, January 22, when tragedy struck. Instead of celebrating the birth of her new baby boy, the mother ultimately ended up losing her life. While her unborn son managed to survive, Strout leaves behind a family and community that is grappling with their sadness and their relief. 

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Strout -- along with her husband, 29-year-old Harry Weeks, and their 8-year-old daughter -- was driving to Readington Fairview Hospital in Skowhegan, Maine, for a scheduled induction. But when the family was only about five miles away from the hospital, Strout hit a patch of black ice and lost control of the car. 

The vehicle immediately slid off the road and crashed into a frozen pond, flipping on its side. By the time first responders from the Skowhegan Fire Department arrived, the mother was in dire condition. "The decision was made to pull Desiree to the side of the pond where rescue personnel could give Desiree medical attention as she had stopped breathing," Chief David Bucknam of the Skowhegan Police Department told People

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"It was not speed [that caused the accident]," Bucknam told CentralMaine.com. "She just hit the black ice and lost control."


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Unfortunately, Strout died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, forcing her baby to be delivered via emergency C-section. The child was later transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he is said to be in critical condition. Strout's husband is also in critical condition after suffering a lacerated liver and a punctured lung. The 8-year-old girl was treated for minor injuries and is expected to recover. The couple also has a 7-year-old daughter, who was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash.


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Brandon Blodgett, a friend of Strout's, told People the mom loved her children immensely. "She had this wicked bubbly personality, and was always so chipper," he said. "You liked to be around her. She was an amazing mother."

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WGME spoke with Dana Weeks, Strout's uncle, who described her presence as irreplaceable. "Now the little man's empty-handed, you can find a dad figure any place, but moms are golden, you ain't gonna find that every place, you can't," Weeks said. "You can't replace a mom, not in my book."

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by Strout's family in attempts to help fund the mother's funeral and cover medical expenses. 

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