A Charlotte family is forever changed after an accident near Wilmington killed their young son and forced his pregnant mother to undergo an emergency C-Section to save their unborn child.
Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol told WECT that the crash happened around noon on Saturday in Pender County along Highway 17. Investigators say a commercial box truck was approaching, stopped traffic, and failed to stop in time, resulting in a chain-reaction crash.
Gentry Eddings is a worship leader at Forest Hill Church in south Charlotte. A Go Fund Me website on the church’s facebook page says Gentry, his wife Hadley, and their 2-year-old son, Dobbs, were in a vehicle hit by the box truck. Dobbs passed away and Hadley, who was eight months pregnant, had to have a C-Section.
The website says the next few days are critical for their newborn, named Reed.
The pastor of Forest Hill Church, David Chadwick, said, “(Reed) is in intensive care. It is touch and go, There have been some positive signs, There’s been a blood transfusion, his lungs seem to be breathing well, but he’s not out of the woods by any means.”
Hadley and Gentry had minor injuries from the accident. Church members and friends are posting their prayers and support on the church’s Facebook pages for the South Park and Ballantyne locations. The Go Fund Me website is asking for donations to help in the recovery and in a matter of hours surpassed their $5,000 goal.
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