Staff and shoppers at a Montco garden store saved a woman and her baby

Rasheida Colon was about eight months pregnant when she went to The Rhoads Garden, a flower shop and garden center in North Wales in Montgomery County, to get some plants.

She happily browsed for an hour or two, but when she went to the bathroom, she saw a lot of blood. She turned to other people at the store for help, leaving a trail of blood behind her.

She told them she was 36, pregnant, with a medical condition called placenta previa, where the placenta covers the opening to the cervix, where the baby would come out. The main symptom is heavy bleeding, and the biggest risk is that the bleeding could threaten the life of the mother and child.

“I was even shouting out my blood type just in case I needed to get a blood transfusion,” she said. “I just kept saying, ‘Please, just save my baby.’”

Rasheida Colon (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Someone called 911. Shoppers and staff at the store asked her to sit down. She was reluctant; she didn’t want to get blood all over the furniture.

  • July 31, 2023
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