Mother kept on life support for baby’s sake, delivers girl |

Mother kept on life support for baby’s sake, delivers girl

A 24-year-old Carson City woman, kept on life support since being struck by a car in November, has died at Washoe Medical Center after giving birth.

Xochitl Edith Alvarez, 24, a Navy veteran, was struck Nov. 7 as she walked across Carson Street in the crosswalk in front of the Ormsby House Hotel/Casino.

Alvarez, who had been considered brain dead since the accident, was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. Saturday after giving birth that morning to a girl. The baby was 14 weeks premature.

In addition to the newborn, Alvarez leaves behind husband Robert and a 3-year-old daughter, Gema, as well as numerous family members in Texas.

Edith Alvarez, as she was known, served on the USS Detroit, a combat supply ship, and met her husband on the ship while docked in St. Thomas, Virgin Island.

She worked in Carson City for Discount Travel. The couple, married 3 1/2 years, had been in Carson City for a year and a half.

A 17-year-old male was cited at the time of the accident for failure to yield to a pedestrian. District Attorney Noel Waters said Monday his office is “waiting on the report from the highway patrol before any decision can be made on further charges.”

“I think this is one of those things that is every person’s nightmare,” Waters said of the accident.

A girl, weighing 2 pounds, 3 ounces, was born Saturday morning by caesarean section.

She is in the neonatal intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center. It is unclear how long the baby will be in intensive care. The family has yet to decide on a name for the newborn.

Robert Alvarez said Monday that his wife was attending Western Nevada Community College at the time of the accident, with her sights set on a nursing degree.

“She had a lot of friends, especially in the Navy,” Robert said.

Robert said Gema, still too young to understand what has happened, visited her mother in the hospital.

“(Doctors) said she needed to see her. She asked a lot of questions,” he said.

Robert, who works for American Buildings Co. in Carson City, said his employers have reached out to him. “They’ve been really good, really supportive. They took up a collection. “

His parents, who also live in Carson City, have been a great support to him as well.

A funeral mass for Alvarez is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corpus Christi Church in Carson City. She will receive a military funeral in Texas.

According to Steve Woods, deputy coroner at the Reno coroner’s office, an autopsy was performed Sunday. The cause of death was determined to be head injuries due to blunt force automobile trauma. A full coroner’s report is expected to be released within the next two weeks.


A savings account has been set up in Gema Alvarez’s name

California Federal Savings

Account number 8930153021

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