September 15, 2021
A grief-stricken mother chose to use the wondrous love she has for her children, despite the immeasurable pain she may endure, to save her daughter's life in devastating circumstances!
Mother Angela Gonzalez, 45 years old, and her two daughters Deven Gonzalez, 16 years old, and Tayler Scheinhaus, 25 years old, all survived but have been left traumatized by the tragedy of the building collapse in Southside Florida.
The condo collapse left almost 100 dead, one of which was their husband and father Edgar Gonzalez. They remember and honor him by swapping his wedding ring among them once every week and wearing it around their necks.
The 45-year-old mother, after falling from the 9th floor to the fifth floor with her teenager and husband, managed to pull herself and Deven up despite her broken pelvis. Speaking about the initial fall, Angela recalled:
"We made it maybe a couple steps out of our bedroom, and then the floor just started to cave."
Deven suffered from a femur breakage. The teenager is currently on crutches but is working on getting back into volleyball, a sport she is very talented at.
Her mother went into a coma that lasted five days after the collapse. She is still in a wheelchair due to her shattered pelvis and other intensive injuries.
Mark's wife and their daughters died after an inferno ripped through their home.
Tayler's wounds remain emotional but no less painful. The 25-year-old was not in the condo when it collapsed, and after making her way back to the scene upon hearing the news, she had assumed that her family was most likely dead.
The building collapse occurred in Miami on June 24, 2021, specifically north of Miami beach. It has been classified as a structural failure and rated the deadliest one in U.S history, killing 98 individuals.
Those who survived the ordeal claim they were woken up in the early hours of the morning by a huge bump, along with trembling ground, fire alarms, and debris falling.
There is still no conclusive statement as to why the building collapsed, but an investigation is ongoing. Many individuals, such as the Gonzalez family, want answers to how this catastrophe that will leave them deeply traumatized happened.
Beyond this family, the devastation has ripped through the heart of many individuals, and just like Angela, who pushed through her intensive pain to help her daughter, Mark Collum put his life at risk, running into his neighbor's blazing home.
At 5 am on Sunday, September 5, 2021, he saw his neighbor's house burning up and ran into the home, managing to get his neighbor, Deb Shanahan, out of her burning house.
This occurred after Mark's wife and their daughters died after an inferno ripped through their home in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Like Angela, Mark has lost a massive piece of his heart, and hopefully, in time, they will both heal.
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