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Video: Pregnant Woman Shot in 1992 LA Riots Talks About Her Baby's Survival

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Every year on her birthday, Jessica Evers and her mother, Elvira, mark a memorable milestone: Surviving the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

But Jessica has a unique tale of survival: Her mother, seven-and-a-half months pregnant on April 30, 1992, was shot on the street during the riots. Jessica was born that day by C-section. When she first woke up, Elvira Evers said she thought her baby hadn't made it.

NBC-LA shares the story of mom and baby making it against the odds:

Evers said the experience changed her, made her appreciate life more. Every year, every birthday, she remembers the riots and the circumstances of Jessica’s birth. “I get sad. Because 20 years ago, I was supposed to be dead. So I have to give God thanks,” Elvira Evers said.

Both mom and daughter have small scars from the shooting, but for Jessica--as she nears her 20th birthday--she is still searching to find her purpose.
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Check out NBC-LA's video catching up with mother and daughter: