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A mother's prayer

A mother’s prayer

Dec. 27, 1945: Mrs. Hazel Eades prays at a hospital bed for the life of her 7-year-old daughter Margaret, injured in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve. Mrs. Eades’ husband recently died, and she was injured in the auto accident.

This photo by staff photographer Paul Calvert accompanied a Page 1 story in the Dec. 28, 1945, Los Angeles Times that read:

A desperate young mother, on her knees at the General Hospital bedside of her stricken 7-year-old daughter, yesterday laid her slim hopes for the beautiful brunette child’s recovery from a grave brain injury at the feet of Him who once proclaimed that children were “of the Kingdom of God.”

The child, for whom medical science had done its very best and for whose recovery a whole neighborhood has been working and praying since she was mowed down by an automobile Christmas Eve, is Margaret Eades. …

Surgeons told the mother, widowed only two weeks ago, that it would require the services of an expensive brain specialist to remove a piece of metal from Margaret’s brain.

Margaret’s mother, Mrs. Hazel Eades, 28, whose husband John died recently of pneumonia and who herself was still bearing the marks of the automobile accident last Saturday, wrung her hands in hopelessness.

She not only didn’t have the money, but the rent on her modest cottage was already overdue. And there were two other children, Johnny, 5, and David, 18 months, to care for, with another child anticipated within a few months. …

A noted brain specialist was located through Children’s Hospital and immediately agreed to operate after his own examination indicated the advisability of surgery.

It did, and because Margaret’s condition was too critical to permit her removal to Children’s Hospital, he operated at General.

His fee? Nothing. Only anonymity. …

Local businessmen and Times readers raised funds to help the Eades family.

The Jan. 3, 1946, Los Angeles Times reported that Margaret was awake and sitting up. Her condition had been downgraded to serious. But on March 12, 1946, Margaret passed away.

After a March 16, 1946, Times report on Margaret Eades’ funeral, there is no further mention of the Eades family in the Los Angeles Times’ archives.

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  1. December 27, 2014, 9:17 am

    I am not getting it, was this not real

  2. December 27, 2014, 11:50 am

    What a story ! Perhaps someone will see this story and it will find its way into a family member. There is a good possibility the mother is still alive, herself, but her children, should be around somewhere as well. Sure would be interesting to find out how the whole family survived the years. Hardships only make us strong?

  3. December 27, 2014, 12:57 pm

    What is the significance of just hearing about this now? This family should have had their story told long ago. What a sad, sad story to hear. It's a shame to hear of such longtime suffering for a family & to have to endure terrible tragedies like that. How awful for them. Just heartbreaking.

  4. December 27, 2014, 3:13 pm

    THIS IS VERY SAD…BUT WHY BRING IT UP AGAIN SO MANY YEARS LATER if we can't find any kind of happy ending….such as the brother and sister and new baby surviving and being cared for by their loving mother…….I hope one of them can be found and tell us what happened to all of them..

    By: guest
  5. December 27, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Why bother praying? God already has the child's fate planned out. Remember the Divine Plan? All the prayer in the world won't change it. Whether the child lives or dies, God did it.

    By: drakeiverson
  6. December 27, 2014, 4:37 pm

    This was a real tragedy. This poor woman went through hell losing her husband and then also her
    daughter. I hope God gave her strength after all that drama and she went on to live for her other children.

  7. December 27, 2014, 4:39 pm

    What a beautiful little angel. After all this time,(I was not even born yet!) I felt tears for the mother and child. I can only imagine what I would feel were I in her place so long ago. I do wonder why this was brought to light again to feel the pain of loss again. Yet there is thread that binds us all, in joy and in sorrow. God bless.

  8. December 27, 2014, 5:21 pm

    Such a sad story…so much sorrow for one woman to bear!

  9. December 27, 2014, 5:29 pm

    David Eades died in 1949, per Ancestry. com, and Daniel John in 1997 (he was born in 1940). Margaret is called "Markie" and there are two other children, but they are listed as private. Hazel passed in 1996 in Arkansas.

    By: Zabadu
  10. December 27, 2014, 6:18 pm

    What ever happened to the rest of the eades family

  11. December 28, 2014, 5:56 am

    thank you for the photographs and articles accompanying them, La Times. You make life more in depth and enlightening and important in your online newspaper and paper version. Awesome reporting.

    By: scottghowell
  12. December 30, 2014, 7:33 am

    It is really very heart touching post. I also pray for her. God please save her, and get well soon. Thanks for this post. Everybody should pray to god for her.

    By: Calisa
  13. January 15, 2015, 7:39 pm

    The lady in this story was my Grandmother. My father was the baby she was carrying at the time of this picture. Gram has been gone for 19 years now. David died two years after Markie. Gram never fully recovered from losing so many so close together. Johnny (John Daniel) died in Arkansas in 1997. My dad is the only one still with us.


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