The touching story of a mother saving her children from a wreck before she burned to death has touched many in the El Paso community.
Karla Cerino’s family is getting help from generous strangers.
Her mother says she’s still in shock about the tragic way her daughter died. And while it’s still very difficult to cope with, she knows her daughter was a hero.
Cerino’s mother and younger sister Iliana graciously accept a $1,000 check from pediatric dentist Dr. Eugene Stevenson’s office.
“We were stuck in traffic that afternoon and then the next day when we found out what had transpired we were very moved and deeply sorry,” said Rose Stevenson.
As a mother and grandmother herself, Stevenson says the story touched her deeply. And she’s not the only one.
”I was actually at another office a real estate office and he pulled out his check book and also wrote a check, ” said Stevenson.
Dr. Stevenson also offered both of the children free dental care
Ana Fierros says while she’d rather have her daughter back than all the money in the world she greatly appreciates everyone’s help.
The pregnant grandmother says people’s prayers have helped to give her strength.
Especially every morning when her 2 1/2-year-old grandson, Edgar wakes up and tells her he fell asleep with his mother.
Her granddaughter, 8-year-old Priscilla, is getting surgeries on her burned arms and hands in Lubbock.
Fierros says she was told her daughter was very brave during the traffic accident. She didn’t cry, didn’t scream and just focused on her children. She says she promises to be as strong and wonderful a mother as she was.
If you would like to help the family…an account has been set up at Wells Fargo.
Also, volunteers are organizing a dance and show at Club 101 on Sunday. All proceeds will go to the Cerino family.