Doctors Deliver Baby After Mother Tragically Killed in Crash Driving to Hospital to Give Birth

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 17, 2016   |   4:27PM   |   Poplar Bluff, Missouri

A newborn baby girl is recovering in a Missouri hospital after she survived a deadly vehicle crash inside her mother’s womb.

Time reports the tragic accident claimed Sarah Iler’s life while she was still pregnant with her daughter, Maddyson. Though Iler died, doctors were able to save baby Maddyson by performing an emergency cesarean section, according to the report.

The accident occurred on Wednesday while Iler and Maddyson’s father, Matt Rider, were traveling to a hospital in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, according to the Southeast Missourian. On the way, their SUV was struck by a tractor trailer, and both Iler and Rider were ejected from the vehicle, according to police.



Emergency responders performed CPR on Iler with hopes of saving her and her unborn baby, but Iler was declared dead when she reached the hospital, according to police.

Maddyson was a different story. Doctors performed an emergency c-section at the hospital, and the little girl was born weighing 4 pounds 15 ounces, according to the report. The hospital said she is in fair condition.

Rider also survived the crash but had extensive injuries, according to the report. He is in fair condition at a St. Louis hospital, the report states.

The tragic situation is an interesting puzzle for abortion advocates who believe a baby isn’t a baby until birth. In emergency situations, though, first responders do treat unborn babies as second patients and consider how to save their lives as well as their mothers’. It’s part of doctor’s and emergency responders’ natural instincts to save unborn babies as well as their moms in emergency situations. These tragic cases are a reminder that every death is tragic, and every life is worth saving.