Mom asks stranger to keep newborn baby and leave her behind if necessary during wildfires
Rachelle Sanders was forced to make a life-or-death decision after being told to evacuate from the hospital mere hours after giving birth via C-section.
The 35-year-old mother of three had just had her baby boy in Feather River Hospital in Paradise, California when a nurse told her that she and her baby had to evacuate the facility because of the wildfire. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it was around 7:30 in the morning on November 8, 2018.
Sanders was placed in a wheelchair with her baby named Lincoln in her lap. She was still unable to run or walk because of her surgery.
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The staff started evacuating their patients with their own vehicles as the fire continued to ravage the nearby areas. Sanders was loaded into a white sedan owned by a man named David who worked at the hospital but not as medical staff.
Supposedly, Sanders and baby Lincoln were to be taken at the nearest hospital which was 20 miles away. David tried his hardest to avoid Camp wildfire – which was one of the three California wildfires reported.
According to CNN, they passed by exploding propane tanks and Sanders said a “windstorm of fire” surrounded the road. People started abandoning their cars when they got stuck in a gridlock.
Speaking with the news channel, Sanders said, “I thought I wasn’t going to make it, for sure. I wasn’t sure any of us were going to make it. It was very, very terrifying.”
As the flames grew closer to them, Sanders thought of her baby and made a pact with the stranger beside her.She told David, “If it comes down to it, if you have to run, take the baby. Leave me behind.”
Throughout their drive, they had to be rerouted a couple of times, and they eventually went back to the hospital they had evacuated. It took nine hours before Sanders was relocated with her baby to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California.
“Never have I had a Thanksgiving come where I have had so little and felt more thankful and blessed,” she said.
Meanwhile, this video showed a young woman escaping one of the deadly California wildfires. She had just left Malibu to check on her horses at her ranch when she ran into the blazing flames on her way back.
While crying, she kept praying to God to let her out alive. Luckily, she safely escaped the life-threatening drive.