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Woman who Escaped Theater Shooting Gives Birth as Husband Clings to Life

A pregnant woman who narrowly escaped the theater shooting rampage in Aurora,  Colo., gave birth to a baby boy Tuesday, as her husband struggled to recover  from a gunshot wound to the head and their family asks for donations to help  with the staggering medical bills.

The family of Katie and Caleb Medley announced “they were excited to say  Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. (MT),” according to an official at the  University of Colorado Denver Hospital.

“Both mom and baby doing great,” the statement said.

The joyous news came as Caleb, 23, remained in intensive care at the same  hospital after losing his right eye and suffering some brain damage in the  Friday night massacre that left 12 dead and dozens wounded.

Katie Medley holds her son Hugo Jackson Medley who was born at 7:11 this morning at University of Colorado Hospital July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Katie’s husband Caleb Medley was shot in the face after suspect James Holmes, 24, is accused going on a shooting spree on July 20 during a screening of ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’. Medley is listed critical but stable condition.

Katie, 21, was seated next to her husband during the midnight showing of the  new Batman movie but escaped the spray of bullets unharmed.

But now the young couple, who do not have health insurance, are also  struggling to pay for the multiple surgeries and rehabilitation Caleb will  require.

Caleb Medley’s friends and family have created a website seeking “prayers  and good thoughts but unfortunately, they will also need financial  assistance.”

Medical bills could top $2 million, his family told CBS.

Caleb is expected to remain in the ICU for one to two weeks.  His  brother, Seth Medley, posted on Facebook Sunday that “Caleb has made some  positive steps, good movements, obvious recognition of (voices) and persons.  Still goin, getting better.”

But doctors aren’t sure if he will be able to see his baby right away because  of infection concerns, according to Katie’s father, David Sanchez.

On Caleb’s website, friends  seeking donations to help with medical costs said “any amount is helpful, even a  dollar will help.”

The site also said the pregnancy had been “unexpected” and a “blessing.”

Katie, who was scheduled to be induced on Monday, changed the planned  location of her birth in order to deliver Hugo at the same hospital as her  husband, an aspiring stand-up comic.

Sanchez said Katie and Caleb were attending the premiere of “The Dark Knight  Rises” as a special treat before Hugo arrived.

Source: The NY Daily News

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