Two weeks after a fiery crash on U.S. Highway 98, where complete strangers stopped to pull a mother and her infant son from a mangled and burning truck, “The fire was spreading so fast I didn’t even think about it, just trying to get everybody out of that car.”
Amber Cooper, the young mother of three who turned 26 last week, died from her injuries.
Rhonda Millis held vigil by her daughter’s bedside and she wasn’t alone. “One of the guys that helped pull her out, he had been up to the hospital every single night praying over Amber.”
Still the girl with the vibrant personality and a fighting spirit never recovered from severe injuries that left her in a coma.
“This is hard.” Her mother always knew this was a possibility. “I’ve accepted it’s God’s will from the beginning. God if this is your will then may your will be done and God called her home.”
Millis shows remarkable strength while facing what most parents find unimaginable and then a charred piece of paper at the crash site. “Oh my God. Look at the significance of this,” a familiar image shared by mother and daughter. “It’s in the shape of a butterfly,” and Rhonda Millis knows Amber is okay now.
“There’s not a day that goes by as long as I’m breathing that I’m not going to be missing my daughter.”
The investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at two o’clock at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens of Fairhope.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account, https://www.gofundme.com/acppvt99, to help cover the medical and funeral cost.