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Pregnant 26-Year-Old Killed on Her Way to Deliver Her Baby

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 17/05/2016 Tess Koman
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Sarah Iler, 26, was on the way to the hospital Wednesday with her husband Matt Rider to deliver her baby when a tanker struck another car in front of them and caused their car to overturn, the Southeast Missourian reports. Iler was killed on impact, but emergency responders gave her CPR and brought her to the hospital to help her baby live. 

According to a GoFundMe started by Iler's sister, Iler, who was 39 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash, was "extremely excited to become a mother for the first time." Baby Maddyson was born weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces, and was immediately placed on a ventilator. She remains in critical condition.

Rider was flown to a St. Louis hospital from the Cape Girardeau, Missouri, hospital where Iler and Maddyson were brought. He too suffered "extensive injuries," ABC News reports, but his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair. He and Iler were reportedly separated for a while but had reconciled recently in preparation for Maddyson's birth.

"She had her whole life ahead of her," Iler's mother Patricia Knight told the Southeastern Missourian. "And now the baby has to grow up without her mother." Her sister added, "The thought never once entered my head that that baby might die. I felt my sister gave her life to save this baby."

The family is raising money for Iler's funeral and Maddyson's increasing medical bills. You can donate here.

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