Teen bleeds to death in dorm room birth

ninemsn staff
3:12pm September 7, 2013
September 07, 2013: The mother of a South Carolina student who died during labour in her dorm room has described her daughter's spirit.

A US student bled to death alone after giving birth to a stillborn fetus in her university dormitory room, medical examiners said.

Ayaanah Gibson, 19, was 32 weeks pregnant when she delivered the stillborn naturally on Saturday or early Sunday, CNN reports.

Ms Gibson lived alone in the dorm room and her body was not discovered until Tuesday, officials at South Carolina's Benedict College confirmed.

An investigation showed no indication of foul play.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said if Ms Gibson had called 911 she would have survived.

Mr Watts said the victim's family were unaware she was pregnant and she may not have known herself.

Ms Gibson's grandmother Katie Draughn said family members were still grieving and not prepared to discuss her death.

But they were eager to talk about the hurdles faced by Ms Gibson to achieve her college dream.

She had beaten brain cancer, just recently celebrating five years in remission, to attain a full-ride scholarship, Ms Draughn said.

Ms Gibson was one month into her first year at Benedict College, a private, historically black liberal arts college.

"The Benedict College family is deeply saddened this evening about the unexpected loss of one of its students," the school said in a written statement.

"Please join the Benedict College family in praying for our fallen Tiger and her family."

Source: CNN, The Sacramento Bee
Author: Chloe Ross, Approving editor: Nick Pearson

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