An Illinois mom named Shelby Carter is being remembered as a hero, after the young woman, age 20, sacrificed herself to save her baby daughter, Keana Davis.
Carter was a nail technician who was studying to become a pharmacy technician, when she became a mother at the age of 20.
Less than a year later, Carter was forced to do something she never thought she would have to, and made the choice any mother would.
Just a couple of weeks later, on January 29, the nail beautician, who was studying to be a pharmacy technician, celebrated her 21st birthday.
Carter had a wonderful night, celebrating her very first birthday as a new mom.
But things took a turn for the worse the very next day when a fire broke out in Carter’s Illinois home just after 10:30 a.m.
As the house went up in flames, Carter frantically called 911 and tried to save herself and her baby.
At the very last second, however, Carter realized she had a choice to make: Keana or herself.
Being a mom, Carter immediately saved Keana’s life without hesitation.
Sadly, by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, Carter had already passed out and died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Because Carter had never mentioned a baby in her 911 call, firefighters were completely taken aback when they discovered a baby girl resting in a car seat in a pile of debris outside Carter’s window.
Despite suffering a minor burn, Keana was perfectly safe and recovered quickly, thanks to her mother’s selfless act.
It was clear to firefighters at the scene that Carter had used her very last moment of energy to save her baby.
The new mom likely passed out right after tossing Keana out the window.
“It’s just incredible that she was able to pull her thoughts together to save her baby. It’s just too bad she couldn’t save herself, but I’d say it’s nothing short of a miracle the way it ended up,” Fire Chief Ed Fogelsonger told The Washington Post.
Kathy Hardy, Carter’s mother, is now taking care of her daughter’s baby.
“The good news is, the baby got home and is doing great,” said Stark County Sheriff Steve Sloan.