How do you tell children they no longer have a parent because of a stranger's reckless behavior? A heartbreaking job like this often falls to someone – a spouse or parent left behind – also grappling with understanding how anyone could be insensitive to the value of a life. To survivors, the only immediate comfort is in memories.
A 9-month-old child will grow up with the love of her California relatives and other people who cared for her mother. The baby's parent recently suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident that left the 27-year-old mother on life support. The victim's family ordered removal of the equipment keeping the mother alive, after doctors said there was no hope the woman would live.