Pregnant 18-Year-Old Dies After Shoveling Snow

Rip our hearts out! Over the weekend, a pregnant teenager died after shoveling snow, even after relatives warned her not to do it. Eighteen-year-old Briahna Gerloff was eight months pregnant when she collapsed from overexertion. Tragically, her unborn baby daughter Kayliana lost her life as well.

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The Pottstown, Pennsylvania, resident had also been suffering from several heart defects, including Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), which can cause an erratic and rapid heart rate.

A relative told the local news that he warned her against shoveling the snow herself, but that "she wanted to do it anyway." After he saw her go inside, he went over to check on her but found the front door locked. He was able to get in through the basement, and he reported, "I went upstairs, yelling her name, looking for her ... I went to the bottom of the steps and yelled her name."

He found her passed out and unresponsive on the kitchen floor, and he immediately started to do CPR. A neighbor came over too, and they called for an ambulance while they tried to breathe life back into her. But it was too late -- both Briahna and Kayliana had died.

I just can't understand why she felt like she needed to shovel that snow, as she obviously had friends and family that were concerned for her and surely would've cleared a path if she needed one. All I can think is that she wanted to feel like she could get things done by herself.

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The family member who found her lamented, "She was a very good person ... a caring and loving person and she could not wait to be a mother."

It is beyond tragic that she will never get the chance to be the mom she wanted to be. It's a reminder of how fragile life can be sometimes, and how fast we can go from feeling fine to not being able to come back from the brink of death.

There is a GoFundMe account to help the family cover funeral costs. So far, they have raised more than $3,000 of the $5,000 they need. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

 

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