By Dave Andrusko
When Jenny Quiles was struck by a tow truck October 15 as she approached her doctor’s office, she successfully shielded her unborn baby, then seven months. However she suffered a traumatic brain injury and doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma.
The plan was “to perform a C-section delivery in several weeks,” according to reporter Stephanie Samuel. “Those plans were canceled when Jenny woke up after 19 days.”
Her husband, Angel Quiles, was so relieved. “Then he got the call: Angel Noemi Quiles — mom and dad already had chosen a name — was on the way,” reported The Tampa Bay Times’ Katie Mettler and Tony Marrero. “A month early.”
Quiles pleaded with the doctors to postpone the delivery until his arrival. “When the C-section succeeded, everyone in the delivery room cheered,” Mettler and Marrero explained. Mrs. Quiles’ doctor, Jennifer R. Gilby, said the baby “is just thriving and doing well. She’s on an excellent first step into this world, and I think she’s going to do great.”
Doctors call Angel a “miracle baby.”
Mom is making progress, too–stable, eyes open, and responding to stimuli.
“She’s improving every day,” Gilby told the Times in late October. “In the last 48 hours, she’s really become a lot more responsive than she was.”
There is another lovely twist to the story. Mr. Quiles told the Times
that just days before his wife gave birth to what her doctor called a miracle baby, she rustled awake at the sound of his voice. Jenny reached for him, he said, and pulled him close as if she was trying to tell him something. Mr. Quiles believes his wife was trying to say the baby was on her way, because just days later, Jenny went into labor.
Mr. Quiles told Mettler and Marrero that his wife wanted a baby girl more than anything. He told local TV news station KTVU “From day one, none of this was expected.”
“I thought I was I was going to lose my wife. I thought I was going lose my baby. And here we are celebrating the fact that the baby is born and Jenny is doing a lot better today.”