Aurora Ledoux, who was delivery by emergency C-section following a devastating crash that ultimately claimed her mother's life, is the focus of attention as her first birthday approaches. A fund-raising yard sale was held Friday to help her and her family.
"She just reminds me of her mom so much," Josephine Ledoux told CBC News Friday during the sale, in Prince Albert. "I'm grateful that my daughter left a beautiful granddaughter behind for me to love and take care of."
Brandy Lepine, 17, was a passenger in a car driven by her friend Taylor Litwin, 21, when they collided with another vehicle at the intersection of 28th Street and 12th Avenue East in the early morning of July 14. Lepine was pregnant at the time of the crash. Both women were killed, but doctors were able to save the baby. Aurora Ledoux was delivered just before her mother died.
A Prince Albert man, who was 21 at the time time of the crash, is still before the courts facing two charges of impaired driving causing death.
One of the goals of the fund raising effort is to help the family move to a new home in a neighbourhood not so near the scene of the crash.
"Everyday when we drive by, we drive by the accident," Ledoux said. "And I always intend to look over there and expect my daughter to be there. It really has affected me being here because the room that is now Aurora's used to be my daughter's room."
The child has been out of hospital since Dec. 27. She is on oxygen, has seizures and makes frequent trips to the hospital for follow up care to deal with fluid in her lungs and being sick.
She also needs inhalers to assist with keeping her airways open.