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Pregnant Fort Worth Student Dies, Baby Survives

By Sana Syed, CBS 11 News
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s the type of tragedy typically reserved for a Shakespearean play. This story involves a North Texas teenage mother who died when she was nine months pregnant, but her baby is saved.

While the girl’s family deals with a wide range of emotions, fellow students are trying to make sense of the story of two star-crossed lovers.

It is, by all accounts, a love story cut tragically short. “She’s the person I wanted to spend my life with,” Victor Telles explained. “She’s the only person that ever understood me.”

Last summer, after nearly a year of dating, Victor married Veronica Sotelo. The pair was just 16-years-old at the time and classmates at Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.

During class Tuesday afternoon, students say Veronica passed out and hit her stomach as she fell to the ground. “She couldn’t breathe. I grabbed her hand,” Victor recalled. “I told her that we were gonna make it together. I told her ‘don’t worry, everything’s gonna be fine’.”

Paramedics raced Veronica to the hospital. While Veronica didn’t survive her baby, Ginger, did.

Wednesday afternoon Ginger was in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cook Children’s Hospital. She will remain there until doctors can figure out how badly she was hurt.

So far, the prognosis for the baby is not good. “They say there’s a high possibility that she’s gonna have irreversible brain damage,” Victor said solemnly.

Anabel Sotelo is Veronica’s older sister. She says had health problems. “She would complain [about] migraines and blackouts. But whenever she did, my mom would bring her to the hospital or the doctor and they never found anything.”

On Wednesday, the mood at Poly was somber. “It’s gonna be kinda weird because she’s not at the school no more – but everybody knows that we still love her and we’ll still have her in our hearts,” said Poly 9th grader Darrion Brown.

Friends wore ribbons and had pictures of the young mother who died. Friends say they expected a different ending for the two young lovers who were trying to create their own fairytale.

Fort Worth ISD is providing grief counselors to Poly students.

Family members told CBS 11 News that Veronica’s mother was admitted to the hospital Wednesday because of the toll the death has taken on her.

Anabel believes Veronica may have died of a heart attack because their father, who lives in Mexico, also suffers from heart disease.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner still has not determined an official cause of death.

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