Sunday 21 January 2018

Baby born as dad lies in coma downstairs

Katie Medley sits with her new-born son, Hugo Jackson Medley, at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora July 24, 2012.
Katie Medley sits with her new-born son, Hugo Jackson Medley, at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora July 24, 2012.

Colleen Slevin in Denver

WHEN Katie Medley gave birth to healthy baby boy at University of Colorado Hospital, her husband Caleb, wounded in Colorado's theatre shooting, lay in a medically induced coma one floor below her.

Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7.11am on Tuesday, weighing 3.29kg, friends said. Both mother and baby were doing great, hospital spokesman Dan Weaver said.

Caleb Medley, an aspiring comic, has undergone three surgeries since Friday's shooting during a showing of the new Batman movie at a multiplex in nearby Aurora that left 12 dead and dozens injured. Katie Medley wasn't injured.

He is on a ventilator but is starting to breathe on his own, family friend Michael West said. His heart rate shot up to 130 beats per minute whenever anyone talked about the baby, who was named before his birth.

"He is showing signs of improvement," said Mr West, who is leading an online effort to raise money for the young family, which doesn't have health insurance.

The couple went to the midnight showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' as a last date before becoming parents.

Irish Independent

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