A baby girl was saved during an emergency C-section just moments after her mother died in a car crash while on her way to give birth.
Sarah Iler, 26, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was driving south on the Interstate 55 with her husband Matt Rider, 34, on Wednesday morning.
Iler was already dilated and one day past her due date, and was extremely excited to welcome her first child, according to a Go Fund Me set up for the family.
But a tanker truck crashed into a Nissan SUV, which in turn hit the couple's vehicle, a red Chevrolet Blazer, around 8:04am, the Southeast Missourian reported.
The tanker truck then crashed into the Chevrolet and pushed the SUV into the median strip.
The Chevrolet overturned, throwing Iler and Rider. The mother-to-be died on impact but rescuers still gave her CPR to save her child.
They took her to the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and performed an emergency C-section
Iler's daughter, Maddyson, was born weighing four pounds and 15 ounces and was initially in critical condition according to a Go Fund Me set up for the family.
Doctors put her on a ventilator at first but she has now started breathing on her own.
Maddyson also opened her eyes and grabbed a nurse's finger, but doctors say she could still suffer from long-term brain and lung damage.
Doctors worry she lacked oxygen for too long but it is too early to tell what the consequences will be, Iler's sister Kasandra told the Southeast Missourian.
Meanwhile, Rider, who had recently reconciled with Iler after being estranged for a time, is recovering too.
He has had several surgeries and all of his limbs were broken, as well as some of his ribs.
Rider wrote on Facebook last month that he couldn't wait to welcome Maddyson even though he wasn't her biological father.
'I thank God for Sarah every day,' he added in his post.
Iler's sisters and mother said they did not know yet who would take care of the little girl.
Kasandra told the Southeast Missourian they hadn't visited Rider in the hospital in St Louis and that they had kept in touch via pictures instead.
The Ilers are hoping to raise $5,000 to organize Iler's funeral in Poplar Bluff, where she is from originally.
Iler, who once worked as a cashier at Taco Bell, did not have life insurance according to her family.
'The thought never once entered my head that that baby might die,' Kasandra told the Southeast Missourian.
'I felt my sister gave her life to save this baby. That's how God wanted it. We've been calling her our little miracle.'