A 19-year-old freshman woman at Benedict College in South Carolina bled to death alone after delivering a stillborn infant in her dorm room, medical officials said.
Ayaanah Gibson, 19, was 32 weeks pregnant and had a natural childbirth Saturday or early Sunday. Gibson lived alone in her dorm room and her body was not discovered until Tuesday. An investigation found no signs of foul play.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said if Gibson had called 911 to seek assistance she would have survived, but authorities refused to speculate why she didn’t call.
Gibson recently graduated from a Sacramento charter school with 3.5 GPA, according to a family friend, and dreamed of attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). She found that in Benedict College, a Baptist-affiliated liberal arts college with around 3,200 students.
"The Benedict College family is deeply saddened this evening about the unexpected loss of one of its students," officials from the school said in a statement. "Please join the Benedict College family in praying for our fallen Tiger and her family."
Students gathered in the college campus’ chapel Tuesday evening in the campus chapel in her memory, where school president David H. Swinton, the campus minister, student government leaders and the campus counseling director offered remarks, according to the statement.
Her family told reporters neither she nor anyone else her family knew she was pregnant, claiming the lack of knowledge was the result of an undisclosed medical condition. Gibson was also a brain cancer survivor, and her disease had been in remission for five years.