What makes a hero? The answers to this question can be quite numerous. But people don't have to be rich, famous or larger than life to be a hero. This is the story of Jenet Lowers. This is the story of a hero.
Almost six months ago, Lowers was in the midst of a wonderful life. She had just gotten engaged to her boyfriend Jeremy Antill and the young couple was expecting their first child in the summer. Lowers, 19, grew up with a loving father and step mother, was a "good kid" and even got elected prom queen in her small West Virginia high school. She then went on to attend West Virginia Northern Community College studying to become a pediatric nurse.
But on the morning of December 23, 2006, just two days before Christmas, everything changed.
At 10 weeks pregnant, a tragic car accident caused Lowers several serious injuries and pushed her in a coma. Over the next five plus months, she was shipped back and fourth from West Virginia to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Despite, severe neurological damage, Lowers was able to make some progress and held out until June 7, when despite being in her comatose state, doctors were able to perform a Caesarian section to deliver her and fiancée Antill's child Jayden Mathew.
Due to her condition, as well as bacterial infections she had acquired, Lowers was not able to experience any time with her child.
Tuesday, June 19, she died due to complications arising from her vegetative state.
As Lower's father Jim put it, "She wanted to hang on long enough to make sure he (Jayden) was OK."
Jenet Lowers' unwillingness to let her child die with her was a pure and incredible act of love, strength and yes, heroism. So the next time you reflect on what makes a hero, you may want to remind yourself of Lower's incredible story.