In North Carolina, police have located a pregnant mother who disappeared earlier this month. The 49-year-old woman, Carrie Bradshaw-Crowther, was scheduled to deliver her daughter via Cesarean section just hours before she disappeared because of a high-risk pregnancy.
According to the Daily Mail, Carrie suffered from a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which is an inherited disorder that can cause blood vessels, intestines or a woman’s uterus to rupture. Ultimately, the disease can be life threatening to women who deliver their children naturally. Carrie was missing for six days before police discovered that she used her ATM card at a CVS pharmacy located 80 miles from her home in Salisbury, North Carolina.
Although Carrie was found safely, it appears that she lost her baby. After she was examined at a local hospital, her family released a statement about her condition. They said, “The compassion shown by so many people, many who do not know Carrie, is the same compassion we know Carrie shows to others daily. She is, and has always been a very loving person whose family is her world, and without hesitation, she puts herself second to anyone in need. While it is unfortunate, we no longer expect a new addition to our family and ask for your continued prayers.”
Carrie’s brother, Drew Bradshaw, said that he couldn’t give details on what happened to his sister’s unborn baby. He said, “I can’t tell you more than that all I can say is we’re not expecting any new addition to our family. We respect the Hippa laws and we feel that releasing any more information should be in Carrie’s discretion after she has had the opportunity to heal.”
Additionally, he thanked the police and hospital for helping his family. He said on Facebook, “We will forever be thankful for the professionalism shown by the Salisbury Police Department, the officials in Watauga County, the Watauga County hospital personnel, and for the various news agencies that assisted. Our hearts are now with the many missing persons who are still unaccounted for, and the families who have not been as fortunate in finding their loved ones as we were. We thank God for the wonderful people on social media who connected with us, and who we know will continue to share love and support to those in need.”
Family members had been worried that her baby could have been born at any moment and that her medical condition meant that ‘if she does go into labor she won’t make it’.
Her older daughter Lauren Lusk was supposed to go with her mother to the hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina for the C-section but decided to go out for gas before they made the 45-minute drive from Salisbury.
We were gone about seven or eight minutes,’ Lusk said. ‘When we got back she was gone. Nothing was missing, she was just gone.’
Her mother was next seen on the surveillance video in a blue jacket with her hair braided, and did not appear to be under any form of duress despite the potential dangers of the upcoming birth.
Captain Sheila Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department said that the mother was not kidnapped and that she ‘left of her own accord’. The house was unlocked and the lights were off when she came home after getting gas, Lusk told WSOC.
Her mother’s purse and makeup were still at home, but her cellphone and wallet were gone. ‘It was 6 and we were supposed to be at the hospital. That’s when I knew there was something to worry about,’ Lusk said.
Lusk, who lives in Kansas but is staying in North Carolina, previously said she had no idea why her mother would have left and turned off her phone.
She said that her main worries come from fears about health problems that her mother could face alone.
Lusk said the baby’s father had also not heard from Bradshaw-Crowther.
The daughter said that her mother was ‘excited’ about giving birth and had planned on calling the new child Olivia Grace, according to WRAL.