A pregnant woman who narrowly escaped the theater shooting rampage in Aurora,Â Colo., gave birth to a baby boy Tuesday, as her husband struggled to recoverÂ from a gunshot wound to the head and their family asks for donations to helpÂ with the staggering medical bills.
The family of Katie and Caleb Medley announced “they were excited to sayÂ Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. (MT),” according to an official at theÂ 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 sameÂ hospital after losing his right eye and suffering some brain damage in theÂ Friday night massacre that left 12 dead and dozens wounded.
Katie, 21, was seated next to her husband during the midnight showing of theÂ new Batman movie but escaped the spray of bullets unharmed.
But now the young couple, who do not have health insurance, are alsoÂ struggling to pay for the multiple surgeries and rehabilitation Caleb willÂ require.
Caleb Medley’s friends and family have created a website seeking “prayersÂ and good thoughts but unfortunately, they will also need financialÂ assistance.”
Medical bills could top $2 million, his family told CBS.
Caleb is expected to remain in the ICU for one to two weeks.Â HisÂ brother, Seth Medley, posted on Facebook Sunday that “Caleb has made someÂ positive steps, good movements, obvious recognition of (voices) and persons.Â Still goin, getting better.”
But doctors aren’t sure if he will be able to see his baby right away becauseÂ of infection concerns, according to Katie’s father, David Sanchez.
On Caleb’s website, friendsÂ seeking donations to help with medical costs said “any amount is helpful, even aÂ 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 plannedÂ location of her birth in order to deliver Hugo at the same hospital as herÂ husband, an aspiring stand-up comic.
Sanchez said Katie and Caleb were attending the premiere of “The Dark KnightÂ Rises” as a special treat before Hugo arrived.
Source: The NY Daily News