A man reportedly spoke with his mother for the last time on his 18th birthday, less than an hour before she passed away.
Crystal Galloway of Warren, Michigan, became trapped in her home during a fire on April 10, WJBK reported. Due to multiple sclerosis, the 37-year-old struggled to walk and was unable to leave the burning farm house.
When Galloway’s son, Austin Jenkins, heard about the deadly fire, he couldn't believe it.
"Honestly, I called her and I was like this ain't true and then her phone went straight to voicemail and I was like oh my god," he told WJBK.
Jenkins received a long text from his mother just 45 minutes before the fire, which occurred on his 18th birthday.
"I just want to let you know, you’re [the] greatest thing I did in my life," she wrote.
The fire department said the flames spread rapidly through the old farm house.
"It's just crazy that it happened so quick,” Jenkins said. “Like I really didn't get much time with her.”
Jenkins described his mother as a good person who enjoyed cooking, loved animals, and was a fan of Tigers baseball.
"She was funny; helped me with whatever I needed help with," Jenkins recalled. "She was around a lot - supportive."
Galloway's 44-year-old brother was also in the house at the time of the fire, but he made it out alive and is currently in stable condition.
On the WJBK Facebook page, several people are mourning Galloway and the manner in which she died.
"Thoughts and prayers to the son and family," user Kristen Ecker wrote. "I couldn't imagine. Praying for peace and comfort for him today and ongoing especially on his birthdays, those will never be the same again."
"The same thing happened to a woman during wildfires last year (trapped due to MS.)," user Suzette Meitbaul wrote. "Perhaps people with debilitating diseases like MS can be given more help--like powered wheelchairs or something. This is tragic. Condolences to her son & family."
"How sad, but at least he will never forget that he did talk to her and she said how she loved him, some times we are not able to do that to the people we love," user Rebecca Richard wrote.