HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A mother and unborn baby survive after a head on collision on Highway 544 sends the mother's car spinning.
On the night of September 11th, Aliya Whiteman looked at her GPS, accidentally running a red light and hitting another driver head on. While she says the crash seemed as if it was in slow motion, her mind was racing about her unborn baby girl.
"She's.... she's really lucky… it could have been so much worse," Whiteman cried.
Moments after the crash that sent her car spinning on Highway 544, Aliya Whiteman couldn't feel her ankle that was broken. She knew her unborn daughter's life was in jeopardy.
"I started screaming I'm pregnant, please somebody help me, please come help me," Whiteman said.
Within minutes, Whiteman was at the hospital, but the fight for her daughter's life was far from over.
"Get her out of me, please get her out, make sure she's okay, and whenever they couldn't find a heartbeat, I was like holding onto the doctors arm like please, please find her heartbeat," Whiteman explained.
Doctors did find a heartbeat, but it was very slow. Acting quickly, they performed an emergency C-Section. Aliya didn't get to hold her new baby.
"I just can't, can't bring her home though," Whiteman cried.
Born prematurely at 4 pounds 11 ounces, Ava La'Niyah Gause was taken to McLeod in Florence right away. Tuesday, her parents held her for the very first time.
"Oh my god it was the best thing, she cheesed so big, she was smiling so big. And it was my first time even seeing her and being there with her," Whiteman said.
To think she could have never known that beautiful moment with her first child, will change the new mother's life forever.
"Anybody, like everybody you could use your GPS at any time and you don't think anything of it. They say don't text and drive but don't do anything and drive, just look at the road. Don't do anything else," Whiteman said.
Right now Ava is still breathing too fast, and cannot balance eating and breathing at the same time. Doctors expect the little girl to be healthy enough to be brought back to the Grand Strand Medical Center, and closer to her parents within the next couple of weeks.