“At 17, I was raped and got pregnant. A few months later, I was sentenced to 30 years for homicide. I had had an obstetric emergency at 28 to 40 weeks of pregnancy, while I was working at my employer’s house; she did not allow me to go home, and I passed out in my bedroom. I wanted my baby. I don’t know what happened to her. They never returned her body to my family.

“I spent seven years and seven months in prison until I was pardoned. The day I was released was a very joyful moment. It had been a long fight, and the lawyers had kept visiting me and updating me about the process. Now I have a newborn baby daughter and I’m thrilled to be a mom.”