Baby Is Born As Father Shot During Movie Remains Critical
AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Despite all the death and terror of the Aurora movie theater shooting last Friday, there are some reminders that life goes on.
The baby of a man critically injured in the shooting was born at University of Colorado Hospital on Tuesday morning. Hospital officials said Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. and that he and his mother Katie are doing well.
Katie escaped from the movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” without getting hurt after the man police say was James Holmes, 24, began firing on the crowd. Her husband Caleb was shot in the head, though, with a bullet hitting him in the eye. He is among the six people who remain in critical condition following the shooting, which left 12 dead.
Although he is in the same hospital, Caleb wasn’t there to see the birth — he remains in intensive care under heavy sedation.
Caleb’s brother Seth Medley told CBS4 he looks for positive signs every day as he waits in the hospital by his brother’s side.
“He’s making some improvement, some small steps,” Seth said. “But he’s not anywhere near out of the woods.”
This is the first child for Caleb and Katie Medley, who already had the name Hugo picked out. The birth was moved to the hospital Caleb is in so the family could be closer.
Caleb Medley is a comedian and was in the midst of competing in a comedy contest at a club in Denver before the shooting. The couple decided to go to the movie as a last treat before becoming parents.
Katie’s father David Sanchez spoke with reporters on Monday after attending the initial court appearance for Holmes. He said his daughter will be “hurting and damaged for a long time” and that he knows she’s only one of hundreds who are directly affected by this.
“I felt like I could feel the pain that was going on in (the courtroom) which really makes you a little bit more angry about this man that decided to take everybody’s life,” Sanchez said.
Friends have set up a website to help the Medleys, who recently moved to Colorado and don’t have health insurance. More than $15,000 had already been raised by the end of the day on Monday.
Don’t miss a special hour long report on CBS4 on Friday at 4 p.m. titled “Movie Theater Tragedy: Remember, Honor Support” which will look back at the week following the Aurora shootings.