was on her way to the hospital on Monday to be medically induced for labor when she lost
control of her vehicle while driving on an icy Maine road. What happened
next is both heartbreaking and hopeful.
The 27-year-old mother of two from Canaan, Maine, was nine months pregnant with her third child when her SUV hit a
snowbank at the edge of the road and rolled over, landing on
a frozen pond. Although Strout died in the ambulance on the way to
Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, doctors were able to deliver her unborn son at the hospital via C-section.
“It was not
speed,” police chief David Bucknam told the Morning Sentinel about the accident. “She just hit the black ice and lost
29-year-old husband, Harry Weeks, was a passenger in the car at the time of the
accident. Police later confirmed that Weeks suffered a punctured lung and
laceration to his liver. He is currently in recovery Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
The mother-to-be is survived by two other children: an 8-year-old and 2-year-old. Her eldest
daughter was also in the car when the incident took place. However, it is
unclear if she was injured.
child—named Gage Weeks by the family—was in critical condition earlier this
week at Redington-Fairview, but was later
transferred to the Bangor hospital where his father is.
who works with Strout's husband, said Weeks'
parents—whom she met with later that evening— informed her that the baby had
survived the accident and emergency surgery but was still in critical
“They did take
[dad Harry] up to see his baby," she added. "The baby was on a
respirator. They didn’t know if it was deprived of oxygen when the accident
director of communications and marketing at Eastern Maine Medical Center, where
the baby remains, had this to say about Monday’s crash: “The family of
Desiree Strout requests respectful privacy so that they may focus on supporting
one another through this incredibly difficult time.” Denham said in an email to
the Morning Sentinel, “No additional statements, interviews or information
will be released to the media at this time.”
In a statement
on the family's GoFundMe
page—intended to pay for Desiree's funeral, medical expenses and to create a trust
fund for the children—Strout's cousin writes, “Our family is nothing if not
strong and united. When something happens to one of us, it happens to us all.”
Anderson, a close friend of Strout's who feels the same, said the couple shared
a beautiful life, full of love, and always cherished each other’s company.
“Desiree was an amazing person. A beautiful soul, always with a bright smile
and a big heart."
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