December 14, 2018
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Newborn baby remains in critical condition following crash that killed mom

Courtesy of Jessica Wellman
Courtesy of Jessica Wellman
Desiree Strout, 27, was killed on her way to give birth Jan. 22 when her car hit black ice in Skowhegan and rolled over. Her husband, Harry Weeks, right, was hospitalized after the crash. Doctors at a nearby hospital performed an emergency c-section and was still listed in critical condition at noon the next day.

A baby delivered after his mother was killed in a Monday car crash was still in critical condition at a Bangor hospital on Tuesday afternoon, according to a member of the family.

The family is still unsure if the baby will make it, said Travis Weston, whose 28-year-old cousin Desiree Strout was killed in Skowhegan on her way to give birth Monday.

Strout, of Canaan, was driving to Redington-Fairview General Hospital with her husband, Harry Weeks, and their 8-year-old daughter to have her labor medically induced when around 7 a.m., her 2005 Chevy Trailblazer hit black ice, slid into a snowbank and rolled over into a frozen pond, according to WGME. Strout died in the crash.

She was transported by ambulance to Redington-Fairview, where doctors performed an emergency cesarean section to deliver Strout’s newborn son, who on Tuesday afternoon was still in critical condition at a different hospital in Bangor, Weston said. Weston is also an employee of the Bangor Daily News.

Harry Weeks was still hospitalized Tuesday with serious injuries he is expected to recover from, Weston said. His 8-year-old daughter, who was briefly hospitalized Monday, and her 2 ½ year old sister are with family.

The crash, which is under investigation by police, occurred along Route 2 in Skowhegan, WGME reported.

Dana Weeks, who said he was Strout’s uncle, told WGME that without his mother, Stout’s newborn son is left “empty handed.”

A benefit dinner to support the family will take place at Saint Albans Union Church on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m.

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Correction: An initial media report included an incorrect age for Desiree Strout.

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