A Texas mother died this week saving her three-year-old daughter from a Hurricane Harvey flood. The little girl miraculously survived, but the story is absolutely devastating.
According to People, Colette Sulcer and her little girl were driving when their car got stuck and started filling with water.
Sulcer grabbed her daughter and got her out of the vehicle, but the water was fast and swept them both half a mile from the car.
Colette Sulcer managed to keep hold of her daughter while the water swept them into the canal and carried them away, but she had drowned by the time rescue workers spotted the two of them. Sulcer’s little girl survived by clinging to her mother’s floating body.
Rescuers spotted the mother and daughter floating in the water
First responders spotted the two of them when they saw the little girl’s pink backpack and rushed to the scene with a boat. They managed to get to Sulcer and her daughter before the water carried them under a nearby trestle. Rescuers at the scene said they wouldn’t have been able to save the little girl if they had gone under the trestle.
Rescuers performed CPR and rushed Sulcer and her daughter to an ambulance. Colette Sulcer died, but somehow the little girl survived.
It’s miraculous that the little girl survived, but this is just the most heartbreaking story. That poor little girl. And now she’ll have to grow up without her mom. It’s awful.
Beaumont Police Department spokeswoman Carol Riley said Sulcer absolutely saved her little girl’s life.
“They were in the water for quite some time,” Riley told People. “When the baby was found, the baby was clinging to her. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water. The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom.”
At least 38 people have died in Hurricane Harvey, and this is one of the most devastating stories. It’s breaking hearts all across the Internet. A GoFundMe set up for Sulcer’s daughter, Jordyn Grace, has raised more than $100,000 in just 12 hours so far.
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(Image: GoFundMe / Jordyn Grace)