School has just started for many college freshman, excited young people opening a new chapter in their lives. But for one 19-year-old college freshman, the school year started on a whole different note, as she gave birth to a baby, born stillborn, and bled to death alone in her dorm room.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Ayaanah Gibson of Sacramento was by herself in her dorm down south at Benedict College down in Columbia, S.C.when she gave birth over the Labor Day weekend. She was about 30 to 32 weeks pregnant according to the local coroner, and after giving birth, Gibson passed out and eventually bled to death due to the out-of-the-blue delivery. She was found Tuesday night with her child. For some reason, the chemistry student didn’t call 911 and didn’t receive help from any students nearby if she did call out for some assistance, and she couldn’t get any immediate help from a roommate because she lived by herself in a single-person dorm. The local coroner says toxicology tests will be done to try and figure out if Gibson was taking any medication that might have caused her to go unconscious.
Benedict, the Baptist college, which is an HBCU and has only about 3, 200 students, put out a statement to offer condolences to Gibson and to also express their sadness over her passing.
“The Benedict family is deeply saddened about the unexpected loss of one of its students. Please continue to pray for the Gibson and Benedict College Family.”
The idea that this young woman gave birth, alone, and died, alone, away from her family off at school is just heartbreaking.