No parent should have to bury their own child. But sadly, many mothers and fathers still endure the heartbreak of losing a son or daughter.
And while experiencing the aftermath of a child’s passing can be devastating, witnessing it can be even more traumatic.
A car crash in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 7 has left one father mourning a sudden loss after witnessing the accident over the phone.
Valery Arreola, 21, was eight months pregnant when she was driving with her two sons to meet family for a day of sledding.
But suddenly, her 1999 Nissan Altima stalled. After pulling off of the highway and onto the shoulder, she called her dad for help.
Her sister, Nohemi Arreola, told WOOD-TV that their father suggested his pregnant daughter stay put, as he was on the way.
“And as they’re on the phone, my dad says he hears the loud crash, and then nothing,” she said.
Police reported the deadly silence to be the result of a truck slamming into the rear of Valery’s car. Tragically, she and her unborn baby died in the hospital later that day.
Hearing the last moments of his daughter’s life left the “macho” dad in utter despair. “I’ve never seen my dad break down the way he did yesterday,” Nohemi said.
Now, the family is just trying to stay strong for their father, and especially for Valery’s two sons, 5-year-old Max and 3-year-old Guillermo.
The youngest is currently fighting for his life after sustaining internal bleeding, broken bones, and a fractured skull.
With all that they’ve gone through since the accident, they have counted their blessings. Max miraculously walked away with minor injuries.
“He made it out with just two scratches on his face, thank God,” Nohemi said. “His guardian angel was really watching him.”
The family was able to view the baby’s body at the hospital, and after saying goodbye to Valery too, Nohemi said both were “beautiful” and “at peace.”
A GoFundMe account has since been created in support of their funeral expenses.
As for Guillermo, he has a slim chance of survival, but the family believes he will pull through regardless of his condition.
“We’re not losing hope and we’re not losing faith in God,” Nohemi said. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
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