June Higson

June Higson, a tall, athletic 29-year-old from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was excited when her water broke early in the morning on Thursday, April 29, 1999. She was ready for labor, despite an unshakable headache from the previous night. At 7:30 a.m. she told her husband that she wanted to take a quick shower before going to the hospital. Half an hour later, he saw her perched on the toilet seat looking woozy.

"I'm losing my vision," she told him in a panicky voice. She could no longer see nor speak by the time the ambulance arrived. Her seven-pound four-ounce son, Ike Tessiatore Higson, was delivered by emergency cesarean section. At the time he died, she died of toxemia.