Friday, December 15, 2000

Woman was carrying girl couple wanted

Falling tree killed mother, fetus

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Clermont County woman who was struck by a tree this week while lying in her bed died late Wednesday, along with the unborn daughter she was carrying.

[photo] The home of Joseph and Amanda Ellis which was hit by a tree Monday night.
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        Neighbors say Amanda Ellis, 23, of Monroe Township was 5 1/2 months pregnant. She and her husband, Joseph, had two boys and wanted a girl desperately, friends said.

        “I talked to her mother-in-law,” said neighbor Ronna Hart, who gave Mrs. Ellis cardiopulmonary resuscitation after her husband used a chain saw to free the woman.

        “(The baby) was a little girl. She had internal injuries.”

        Friends and acquaintances recalled the strong winds Monday night that caused a sycamore tree to snap, then fall across Mrs. Ellis' home in the 2300 block of Laurel- Lindale Road.

Neighbors have set up a fund at New Richmond National Bank to help the family. Donations may be made to the Joe Ellis Fund. Please send them to the bank at 110 Front St., New Richmond, OH 45157.
        Mr. Hart saw Mr. Ellis beating on the tree, but it was too big to budge, so he ran home and got his chain saw.

        After neighbors dragged Mrs. Ellis out, Mrs. Hart breathed into the pregnant woman's mouth.

        “My wife gave her mouth-to-mouth and felt the baby kick real hard,” Mr. Hart said.

        Neighbors said Mr. Ellis never left his wife's side at the hospital.

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