Friday, July 27, 2001

Fund to aid mother's family

Baby was born Monday to woman in coma since Nov.

By Tim Bonfield
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A fund has been established to help the family of a Northern Kentucky woman who gave birth to a baby girl despite spending months in a coma.

        Chastity Cooper, 24, of Warsaw, Ky., gave birth Monday to Alexis Michelle Cooper, who was born healthy and at near full term despite her mother having been in a coma since November, about two weeks after conception. Mrs. Cooper suffered severe head injuries in a car crash.

[photo] Steve Cooper of Warsaw, Ky., held his newborn daughter, Alexis Michelle, Wednesday at University Hospital.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        Mrs. Cooper's husband, Steve Cooper, 24, now faces the challenge of raising Alexis and two sons, Aaron and Jacob, while hoping that his wife recovers. In the months following the crash, Mr. Cooper lost his job and the family lost their mobile home.

        Mr. Cooper and the boys have been living with his parents in Erlanger.

        Since Wednesday's announcement that Alexis was safely born, the family has been swamped with media attention, first locally and then from several national television networks and even some international media. In addition to media calls, University Hospital also has received many calls from people interested in helping the family.

        “The phone has been ringing off the hook,” said hospital spokeswoman Pat Samson.

        Those interested in assisting the family can send donations to: C & O United Credit Union, c/o Steve Cooper, 3029 Dixie Highway, Edgewood, KY 41017.


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