For Bridgette Anne, her Jeep TJ Wrangler was more than just a car. It carried her through rain, mud, and snow and never once got stuck. It introduced her to the Jeep community, leading to new friendships and a sense of belonging. Her Jeep even had a name, “Mojorisin”, after The Door’s song “L.A. Woman” which was playing on the radio when she first test drove the car.
On a late afternoon in May of 2015, Bridgette Anne — then seven months pregnant — and her boyfriend Michael were returning from shopping for nursery supplies when their Jeep was struck head-on by another vehicle. “I was screaming, ‘My son! My son!’ I was in tears thinking we lost him.” In the aftermath of the violent collision, Bridgette Anne was rushed to the hospital where doctors informed her that if she did not have an emergency cesarean section to deliver her son, he would not survive.
At 33 weeks, Bridgette Anne’s son, Fedrixon, was born weighing 4 lbs and 12 ounces. He was immediately moved to the NICU, where he would spend weeks under intensive care and supervision. Both mother and son survived the traumatic car accident that totaled her beloved Jeep, though the recovery took months of hospitalization and physical therapy. “I’m blessed,” Bridgette Anne states simply, shining with a positivity that is obvious the moment you start a conversation with her. Her focus when recounting the harrowing accident is on the birth of her son and how thankful she is that he survived.
That positivity is embodied in the Jeep Birthstone necklace Bridgette Anne’s father gave her with Fedrixon’s birthstones for the headlights. Now, only a few weeks away from the anniversary of the accident, the necklace holds a special symbolism for her. “I just love the piece. It may be small but it means a lot… just to have that memory of the jeep and gaining my son. Such a blessing.” The elements of the necklace are undeniably interlocked for Bridgette Anne – the beloved jeep that protected her one last time, saving her and her unborn son, whose birthstone adorns the pendant.
Shine on, Bridgette Anne! We’re honored to be a part of your story. Thank you for sharing it with us and our community!