Mother of Twin Unborn Children Saved After Automobile Accident Saw Them Before She Died

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2015   |   7:13PM   |   Spartanburg, SC

The 19-year-old mother of twin unborn babies who tragically died after an automobile accident was able to see her babies before she died.

LifeNews reported last week on the sad case of Ashton Hughes, who died in surgery Tuesday, just hours after a crash outside Mary Black Memorial Hospital, where she had been for a consultation on the development of her babies. According to police on the scene, her van ran into the back of an SUV.

After emergency personnel arrived on the scene and took her to the hospital, the twins survived and were delivered and are now being treated at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Sadly, Hughes died in surgery Tuesday.

New updates in the case indicate Hughes was able to see her babies before she passed away. She was conscious but complained of pain to her abdomen so was rushed to hospital, where doctors performed an emergency c-section. Her twins, a girl and a boy, were born and she was able to see them before she passed away, her father said.


Ashton Gailann Jennings, named after her mother, was born weighing 2 lb 12 oz, while Brantley Wayne Jennings was 3 lb 2 oz, The State reported.

The babies are expected to stay in intensive care at Spartanburg Medical Center for the next seven or eight weeks but are expected to survive, their grandfather, Eric Hughes, said.

Ashton, who was found to have suffered internal bleeding from the crash, was able to see the twins, he said.

Her mother, Misty Fink, told WYFF that her daughter lost too much blood during the emergency delivery and passed away shortly afterwards. Her cause of death has not yet been determined.

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‘It just hurts my heart so bad,’ Mr Hughes said. ‘I wish that I could take her place any day.’

But he said that he was relieved that her babies survived, including her toddler Dixie, who was in the back of her car at the time of the crash and only suffered a few minor scrapes.

‘That’s the best part about this,’ he said. ‘I’m thankful for them being here, but totally saddened by her being gone. The only thing I know we can do is pray and hope for the best.’


Hughes, of Drayton, crashed her 1998 Honda van into the back of a 2002 Chevrolet SUV around 1:05 p.m. on Skylyn Drive, according to authorities. She had just left a hospital appointment at Mary Black Memorial Hospital, according to a statement from the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office.