Thursday, December 14, 2000

Neighbors pray for pregnant woman

By Earnest Winston and Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONROE TOWNSHIP — Neighbors were praying for the family of a 23-year-old pregnant woman critically injured late Monday when a tree smashed through her bedroom roof.

        Things did not look good Wednesday for either the mother or the fetus.

        “It's in God's hands now,” said Ronna Hart, a neighbor who performed CPR on Amanda Ellis and was receiving updates from family members at the hospital. “It's out of ours. We did all we could do.”

        A University Hospital spokeswoman Wednesday said Mrs. Ellis remained in critical condition, which means her vital signs are unstable; she is also experiencing major complications and her prognosis is “questionable.”

        An ultrasound and other tests had showed no obvious signs of harm to the fetus Tuesday, but hospital officials would neither confirm the fetus was still viable or that it had been pronounced dead.

        Strong winds snapped a large sycamore tree, which fell across Mrs. Ellis' home in the 2300 block of Laurel-Lindale Road in Clermont County. Her husband, Joseph, and a school-age son, Tyler, were not hurt. The family has declined to be interviewed.

        Harvey Road resident Joe Hart said he was watching television about midnight when he heard a loud noise. He ran around the corner to find the Ellis home smashed, and Mrs. Ellis pinned by the tree. He ran back home and returned with his son, Eric, and a chain saw to free the woman, who is 5 1/2 months pregnant.

        After the tree was cut, Mr. Hart said, his wife performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Mrs. Ellis.

        Neighbor Philip Gardnersaid he and others want to help the family by starting a fund, possibly at New Richmond National Bank.

        “We're going to try to start a fund or something for them to help out the family for Christmas,” he said. “They're in (dire) need right now. We're all just trying to help out as much as we possibly can.”


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