The family of a Houston, Texas, woman who passed away following a bizarre New Year's Eve car crash are finding solace in the fact that doctors were able to save her unborn child just hours before she died, calling the baby's birth a "miracle."
Investigators are still piecing together the circumstances of the crash that took the life of 25-year-old Monica Ramirez, which happened around 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, according to the Houston Chronicle. The incident involved Ramirez's boyfriend, 24-year-old Anton Aleksandrov, and took place on the West Sam Houston Parkway. Ramirez was driving a Dodge Ram pickup, which collided with Aleksandrov's black Cadillac CTS-V, causing both cars to crash into a building.
Ramirez wasn't wearing a seatbelt, and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Six months pregnant, she was transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital where doctors engaged in emergency surgery to deliver her baby, the Daily Mail reports. The baby, a girl, is now in a neonatal intensive care unit, where her family relates that she is doing well.
UPDATE: Pregnant woman dies, baby delivered after bizarre crash in west Houston http://t.co/2MByNYUXUa #khou #hounews pic.twitter.com/e4HQ1NxKag — KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) January 1, 2015
Briana Church, Ramirez's 21-year-old sister, recalled how Monica clung to life before the baby's birth.
"She fought long enough for her baby to be here," Church observed. "Ellie is our miracle."
Woodrow "Lex" Nellis, the father of Ramirez's 6-year-old son, Tyler, noted that he learned of the crash shorty after picking up his son.
"The first thing I thought, I'm going to have to tell my son his mother isn't coming home," he recalled.
Baby delivered by emergency C-section after wreck in Houston http://t.co/peqpIpzpNA pic.twitter.com/WhwTiS05pl — ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 2, 2015
Joe Ramirez, Monica's brother, asserted that he believes his mother will take custody of the baby after the child is strong enough to leave the hospital. Reflecting on the family's loss, Joe echoed his sister's sentiments about the birth of Monica's baby.
"It's the one positive thing we can get out of this, that her baby is doing well," he observed.
In 2013, another woman in Texas gave birth after her heart stopped and she collapsed, while 36 weeks pregnant. As the Inquisitr previously reported, though her heart was not beating when doctors delivered her baby, she was eventually successfully resuscitated.
Though no charges have yet been filed, investigators are continuing to examine the crash. Ramirez and Aleksandrov had experienced a tumultuous relationship, with at least one incident of violence, according to court records, yet Joe believes his sister's death will weigh heavily on her boyfriend.
"I'm sure he cared about my sister," he said. "I'm sure knowing he had a part to do with (her death) will always be there. It will never go away. He has to live with that."
As they await the full details of the car crash that claimed Monica's life, the Ramirez family have started a fundraising site to help defer the medical costs of her baby's miraculous birth.
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