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Pregnant woman who blacked out at the wheel delivers healthy baby boy

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Posted - Jun 17th, 2019 @ 9:30pm



EAGLE MOUNTAIN — Rachel Hughes, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time, was driving home Thursday morning when she passed out at the wheel and crashed into a residential home's stone wall, going about 35 mph.

She was flown via medical helicopter to University Hospital in Salt Lake City where she was treated for her injuries, according to a written statement from Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Hughes, who says she thankfully doesn't remember the crash, shocked surgeons when they discovered she only suffered deep bruising in her pelvis, hips, abdomen and right foot, and no broken bones.

She shared her experience on Facebook and announced her son, Beckham, was born Thursday weighing 2 pounds and 12 ounces.

Hughes, 24, delivered Beckham via emergency cesarean section and said the "little fighter" is in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

"I truly believe it is a blessing I don’t have any memory of the actual crash or impact, so I don’t have to mentally relive the trauma my physical body went through," she wrote on Facebook.

The jarring car crash was caught on video by the homeowner's security footage and shows Hughes' SUV suddenly driving into the wall near Inverness Road and Mt. Airy Drive.

Hughes' cousin set up a GoFundMe account* for the new parents, and it's raised more than $4,500 of its $25K goal since it was created Friday.


*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

Lauren Bennett

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