It's incredible being a mother and how motherhood changes your intuition. Your well-being longer comes first, and your child's safety is a priority.
Here's a story of a true hero who lost her life to save her daughter from a fire tragedy. Shelby Ann Carter, a 21-year-old from Wyoming, Illinois, lived with her boyfriend in her mother's place. They just started building their family life.
The couple welcomed their first child, Keana Davis, in January 2017, and Shelby was thrilled to become a mother.
However, just the way the future isn't promised, on January 30th, the worst possible tragedy happened a few days after the child's birth.
Shelby was with her newborn daughter at home when their house suddenly caught fire.
In a few seconds, the whole house was filled with smoke and frames, leaving Shelby and her daughter trapped.
The smoke became too much for Shelby, who was recovering from childbirth. She died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
When the firefighter crew arrived, they managed to put down the fire. Shelby had already lost her life. They were surprised because the baby wasn't with her.
They were looking around the house and were amazed by something that proved that a mother would do anything to save her helpless child's life. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
Shelby had managed to strap her daughter in a car seat. She then dropped the baby from the second-floor window to save the baby's life.
When the firefighters found the baby on top of the debris, they rushed her to the hospital, worrying that she was hurt. But the baby was fine.
Ed Foglesonger, Chief of the Wyoming-Speer Fire Protection District, described the incidence:
"It's just incredible that she was able to pull her thoughts together to save her baby… I'd say it's nothing short of a miracle the way it ended up."
Shelby's death was a painful blow to Wyoming residents, a small town with around 1,400 people, three-hours drive southwest of Chicago.
After the incident, Wyoming residents created a GoFundMe page to help rebuild the house and take care of Shelby's daughter. And in just one week, they reached their goal, $40,000.
Shelby's actions demonstrate the power of a mother's love for a child. Though it's a devastating loss that the baby will never meet her mother, she'll grow up and will be proud of her.