Woman Who Escaped Shooting Giving Birth, Husband Critical
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DENVER (AP) – It was a big week for Katie and Caleb Medley.
He made it to the second round of a comedy contest at a club in Denver. She was scheduled to deliver their first baby, a boy already named Hugo. They decided to go to a midnight showing of the new Batman movie on Friday as a last treat before becoming parents.
On Monday, Katie Medley was delivering the baby while her husband was in critical condition in the same hospital after being wounded in the head during the shooting in Aurora that killed 12 people at a movie theater. Katie Medley escaped unhurt.
Her delivery location was switched to University of Colorado Hospital so they could be close to one another.
Friend Michael West said the baby hadn’t arrived as of Monday afternoon.
Katie Medley’s father, David Sanchez, said his daughter and son-in-law had been waiting for a year to watch the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“She is going to be hurting and damaged for a long time,” David Sanchez said.
While his daughter was delivering her baby, Sanchez went to the courthouse in suburban Denver where shooting suspect James Holmes was making his first court appearance. Sanchez arrived too late to get a seat and to see Holmes.
“When it’s your own daughter and she escaped death by mere seconds, I want to say it makes you angry,” he said outside court.
Sanchez told the Denver Post that doctors aren’t sure if Caleb Medley will be able to see his baby right away because of concerns about infections.
Friends have set up a website to raise money and seek prayers for the couple, who don’t have health insurance. So far, they’ve raised about $15,000.
- By Colleen Slevin, AP Writer
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