October 01, 2021
Trying to inhale while surrounded by the blinding black fumes, a mother's unconditional love forced her to save her baby while taking her last breath.
In 2017, David Conover set up a GoFundMe account for a grieving Kathy Hardy after her home set alight. On January 30, 2017, her 21-year-old daughter Shelby Carter passed away in the fire, which also wrecked Conover's house in Wyoming, Illinois.
Her then almost 2-week-old granddaughter and Carter's baby Keana survived the flames. The GoFundMe page stated that most of the donations would be used to create a trust for Hardy's grandchild.
This page, which reached just over $43,000 in donations, revealed that Keana would not be alive today if it weren't for Carter. It stated:
"Through her [Kathy Hardy] daughter's heroic actions, her 12-day old granddaughter was saved."
Updating the page, Conover thanked all the contributors, who he penned echoed the love that Keana's mom exuded when she risked her own life to save her baby girl.
The late mother was in the house with her baby when she realized that there was no escape. Thinking on her feet and trying to save the 2-week-old, Carter placed Keana in a car seat.
[She] managed to help her 6-year-old and 2-year-old survive by drinking her urine.
The mom then tossed the seat from a window she broke on the second floor. Sadly, by the time firefighters managed to get to Carter, she was already dead from smoke inhalation, as an autopsy later confirmed.
On arrival at the scene, the firefighters found the baby on the ground under a scrapped carpet. The chief of the local volunteer fire department, Ed Foglesonger, expressed:
"I guess it's the motherly instinct to take care of their young."
Foglesonger shared that he and his colleagues were still unsure why the young mother didn't jump out after Keana. The chief stated that he believes the fact that the child survived is a miracle.
Carter's deep and unconditional love that only mothers can have for their children was also reflected by Mariely Chacón. The 40-year-old mother of two gave her life to save her kids after a shipwreck.
A funeral was held in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, on September 11, 2021. This day of grief occurred after Chacón was found in a tiny lifeboat with her children, clutching her lifeless body.
The mom managed to help her 6-year-old and 2-year-old survive by drinking her urine and breastfeeding them. Chacón passed away from organ failure stemming from dehydration.
Once found, the children were taken to a medical facility in Caracas, where they were reportedly treated for physical issues and injuries and trauma related to the incident. Fire or water, these two heroes were willing to go through the trenches for their little ones.
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