Mom injured in car crash is still unaware of baby's death

Cheryl Kahla
May 09, 2018
02:41 P.M.
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A 23-year-old mother suffered severe injuries when she was in an accident involving two vehicles She is not aware that her daughter died in the crash.


On March 23, 2018, Shanei Norris from Vanderbijl Park in Gauteng, South Africa, was driving along R54 when she collided with a pickup truck. 

As reported by Maroela Media, the accident occurred at 8 am Standard South African Time. Details surrounding the incident are still unclear but authorities are investigating.

Paramedics freed the baby, one-year-old Reanei, from the wreckage first but her injuries were too severe and she was declared dead at the scene.


Norris was stuck in the car and jaws-of-life were used to pry apart Kia Picanto. The driver of the pickup truck only sustained minor injuries. 

Norris was rushed to the hospital where she remained in a coma for more than two weeks. She has since regained consciousness, but due to complications such as memory loss, the young mother is still unaware of Reanei's death. 

A close friend, Noelene van Blerk, explained that Norris recognizes her friends and family. However, she cannot recall who visited her the day before. 


Her family decided that they will only inform her of Reanei's death's once she stabilizes. When the time is right, her mother, boyfriend, and a psychologist will share the dreadful news.

'We asked her about her [tattoo] with Reanei's name, and she knows who she is. When we asked her where [Reanei] is, she said with her brother and his girlfriend; they look after her while she is working.'

Noelene van Blerk, Facebook/Mommy Shanei, May 9, 2018. 

Van Blerk added that Norris is 'confused and thinks she is at work.' Norris can also recall being pregnant with Reanei, but she has no memory of the accident. 


A trust fund has since been created and all donations will go towards her medical bills. She will be required to undergo additional operations as well as extensive physiotherapy.

All those wishing to donate can contact her family or Noelene Van Blerk through Mommy Shanei, their Facebook group. 

Her family confirmed on May 6, 2018, that Norris had been transferred to a private facility.