METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The family of a woman whose baby died, after her car plunged into a Metairie canal, thanked supporters. The accident happened during last week's cold snap amid icy road conditions.
Nearly one week after the accident that claimed her baby's life, 19-year-old Deilyn Le-Silva remains in a hospital bed.
Relative Reem Mugharbi explains, "Each day she is getting better but it's a very long road ahead of her."
Wednesday morning, with roads iced over during a deep freeze, deputies say Silva's SUV crashed into a drainage canal at West Esplanade and Wilson.
"Thank God for the people who pulled them from out of the water who happened to be driving by at that moment. They were literally sent from God," Mugharbi commented.
Le-Silva and her 8-month-old, Kollage-Le Silva, Jr., were both unconscious. The baby died at the hospital.
"He was the happiest, cutest, chunkiest baby," Mugharbi remembered.
Le-Silva's husband, also named Kollage, is now keeping watch at her bedside.
"He's being strong for his wife but it's...no words can describe how he could be feeling right now, what he could be going through," Mugharbi said.
Kollage's aunt says the support the family has received has been overwhelming.
"Random people pass us by in the waiting room, don't know who they are and they are just praying for our family. I'm hearing different churches, different faiths, everybody, it's amazing how everyone is coming together," Mugharbi said.
The family is relying on a go fund me page, set up, to help with medical expenses for Silva and funeral expenses for little Kollage-Le. They say they won't bury the baby, who was just learning to crawl, until his mom is released.
To help the family, visit Go Fund Me's website and search for Deilyn Silva.