Mother Sacrifices Life for Daughter in Flooding from Hurricane Harvey

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | August 31, 2017, 4:20pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This past Tuesday in Beaumont, TX, a small town with bayous east of Houston, Colette Sulcer, a mother and her 3-year-old daughter were caught in severe flooding due to the intense, continual rain from Hurricane Harvey.  They were traveling southbound on the service road and got into high water.


Sulcer pulled her vehicle into the Plaza 10 parking lot. The vehicle got stuck and the mother exited the car with the child. At some point, she was swept into the canal and ended up floating about a half-mile from her vehicle. Two Beaumont police officers and two Beaumont fire rescue divers in a Zodiac boat spotted the mother floating with the small child on top of her. The child was holding on to her mother.

The first responders got to Sulcer and her child just before they went under a trestle. Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it. Officers pulled the child and the mother into the boat and got them to safety. The mother, however, was unresponsive. The child was responsive but suffering from hypothermia and had a backpack on her little back which had helped her to float. First responders took turns performing CPR until they could get her to an ambulance. Water was still high, so a citizen helped by allowing first responders to load the mother and daughter in his truck and brought them all to a waiting ambulance. The mother died but the child is in stable condition.

This heart-wrenching story is a real reminder of the natural, loving response of a mother to CHOOSE LIFE for her children.  Colette Sulcer sacrificed her own life for her daughter, defending and protecting her until her final breath.  

As Sulcer demonstrated in this tragic situation, women are capable of great courage in the face of real danger.  The same is true in the case of a crisis pregnancy, which demands immense courage and sacrifice of a mother.  Abortion sells women short of this courageous life-giving act.  It lies and tells them they can’t go through with that which they were made for, the beauty of motherhood, of pregnancy, of delivery, of sacrifice, of love.

Sulcer's story shows us the power and beauty of a mother's love and sacrifice for her child. May she rest in peace, and may the little one she leaves behind live on in the same courage, strength, and love that kept her alive.