Tampa woman awakens from coma and gives birth to healthy baby

Jenny Quiles, left, with husband Angel Quiles

Jenny Quiles, left, with husband Angel Quiles  (

A Tampa woman awoke from a coma and gave birth to a baby girl.

Jenny Quiles, 36, was hit by a tow truck on Oct. 15 while crossing a street in St. Petersburg, and was in a coma until Wednesday, when she gave birth to her daughter, Angel.

Quiles was 33 weeks pregnant at the time of the accident. Angel is said to be in good health and weighs 6 lbs., according to the Tampa Tribune.

The doctor caring for Quiles, Jennifer Gilby, told the newspaper that the staff has been moved by the patient and her predicament since she was first brought to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

“Fortunately there have been no major complications in (the mother’s) health that have put the baby at risk,” she said Thursday to the Tribune. ”It’s a beautiful success story that we can bring this baby into the world and hopefully help mom improve and get better.”

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The newspaper added that Quiles is in intensive care but is responsive and in stable condition. She has been improving, hospital employees told reporters. 

The Tribune said that police claim the tow-truck driver made a left turn on a yellow light, hitting Quiles.

The new mother’s husband, whose name is also Angel, started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with mounting medical costs.

The newspaper said he has raised more than $7,700.

“The baby is great, she’s alert, she weighs 6 pounds,” the new father told Yahoo News.

“I’m just tired, very tired. But I’m in good spirits,” he said. “How can I not be in good spirits with this new blessing in my life?”

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