Baby delivered after fatal crash "struggling"
Updated On: Aug 22 2014 11:18:47 AM CDT
New photos mark the birth of a baby girl, born two months too soon.
"She is perfect," said Patti Cummings, the baby's great-grandma. "She has her mama's ears and a turned up nose and a head full of hair. She's a very pretty baby."
Aniyiah Grace is just two days old, weighing two pounds 14 ounces and fighting for each tomorrow.
"She's giving it her all, but she's struggling. She's got a long road ahead of her. She's on a respirator, but she's fighting, and we're just praying that she's going to be ok.
Patti was just blocks away when her pregnant granddaughter, Trevadawn Pauley, was involved in a fatal head on crash at Meridian and Esthner. She says she remembers looking at photos of Treva on her camera at her house, when she heard sirens in the distance.
Treva held on long enough for her baby, just 7-months along, to be delivered. She then died from her injuries.
"She was my little girl," said Patti. "She came to live with me when she was 14. She had a big heart, she loved life, she always had a smile on her face."
Patti said family and friends have filled the waiting room at Wesley Medical Center each day, hoping, praying and waiting for answer.
"She was so looking forward to being a mother," said Patti. "She'd do anything it took to take care of that baby. I just wish she could be here to see her."
They know that Aniyiah's mom is sending her love and strength from above.
"I can't hardly wrap my mind around the fact that I'm never going to see her again until it's my turn."
Patti said the family is desperate for some help with funeral and medical expenses.
"We'd like to give her a nice little service, nothing elaborate. We're just regular people and it's just so unexpected, there is no money."
A vigil to remember Trevadawn and to pray for Aniyiah is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at the corner of Meridian and Esthner. The organizer says they are in need of flowers and candles for the gathering. In the Facebook event, it says the time will also be use to support "Don't text and drive awareness." The organizer said they are also in need of signs to promote that message.
Wichita Police are still investigating the cause and would not confirm whether texting and driving was a factor.
Professional photos of Aniyiah and her family are courtesy of Audrey Lee Photography.