CREATED Mar. 14, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar. 14, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A tragic story in Southwest Florida. A mother loses her unborn child after a car crash on I-75 that involved a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.
The wreck happened last month and now the North Fort Myers mother and her family are sharing their story for the first time with Fox 4.
Crystal McClure's 18-month-old son rests next to her in a hospital bed at Lee Memorial Hospital. Her son lies undisturbed and unaware of his mother's heartache.
"Painful, but it's going good. I am recovering faster than they expected," said Crystal McClure who was injured in a car crash on I-75.
Crystal had teeth knocked out. She had punctured lungs, a fractured hip socket, a crushed pelvis along with other injuries.
Crystal and Christopher McClure are now speaking publicly for the first time since the crash on I-75 in Fort Myers with their attorneys at their side. The crash involved an off-duty Florida Highway Patrol trooper who slammed into the family's car.
"I went from the passenger's seat to the driver's seat and out the windshield," said Crystal.
The crash remains under investigation and since the February accident, Crystal's injuries went from life-threatening to life-altering.
"It's hard knowing I won't be able to walk for awhile and I have my son to take care of," said Crystal.
While the 3 feel lucky to survive, the littlest of passengers in the car that night, did not. The McClure's lost their unborn child. Crystal was 6 months pregnant.
"They told me I had lost him and there was nothing they could do for him."
Crystal pauses and tears up. A mother's pain is now visible.
"I hold her every night and tell her everything is going to be okay," said Christopher McClure, Crystal's husband.
The family had no health insurance and now faces hospital bills worth more than $400,000 dollars, but before Crystal can even leave the hospital her home needs work including making it wheel chair accessible.
"That doesn't include rehabilitation or include the future surgeries she is going to need and living in a mobile home and being in a wheel chair for at least 6 months they don't even have a ramp wide enough," said Elizabeth Kagan (Kagan Law Firm), the family's attorney.
The family remains thankful for what they do have.
"I am grateful for my wife, my son and myself to be alive," said Christopher McClure.
The family has more than $400,000 dollars worth of medical bills. Crystal will need surgeries in the future. Christopher is not working at the time as he recovers from his injuries.
If you are interested in helping the family, you can make a donation to any branch of Wells Fargo.
Please make checks payable to Christopher McClure, Crystal McClure or Christopher and Crystal McClure.
For more information contact Liz@kagan-law.com