A Brooklyn couple rushing to the hospital in order to give birth to their baby was killed on the way when the car driving them crashed. Now their baby boy, born at the scene, is an orphan before he even came out of the womb. Can you even imagine how heartbreaking this is?
The baby was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but did survive the horrific crash that took the lives of his parents, Nathan and Raizy Glauber, Orthodox Jews who were probably so excited to have their very first baby.
My heart just absolutely breaks for them.
In this case, the driver of their car was apparently not at fault. It was another driver in a BMW who hit them (and then fled the scene -- PURE EVIL). But still, it is easy to imagine how this might happen and it is a wonder it does not happen more. There is probably never a more stressful drive than the one from home to the hospital during labor.
In the movies and on television, the "rush" to the hospital during labor is kind of a cliche. The mom is always breathing in the back (no seat belts) and whoever is driving is running red lights, pushing his foot on the gas, and freaking out.
In real life, we hear stories of police escorts and speeding drivers trying to make it to the hospital. During my two labors, we did have a 20 minute drive out to our hospital, but with both born late at night, the drives were fast on empty streets.
Of course, we made it. And we delivered our beautiful babies and we brought them home safely in their car seats (another scary drive). We knew we were lucky and blessed at the time. But it takes a story like this to realize just how much.
My heart breaks that this beautiful young couple won't have that same opportunity. They should be holding their newborn son today and sharing family photos. Instead they are in the morgue and their newborn is an orphan. All because some evil person allegedly decided to drive like a maniac.
It does not get much sadder than this.
What do you think should happen to the driver if they find him?
** New reports are showing that the parents were not in labor as first reported. In fact, they were only seven months along. Tragically, the baby has died.
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