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, 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