(DENVER) — Caleb Medley and his wife, Katie Medley, knew for weeks they would be in the hospital today. But they never imagined they would both be patients.
Katie Medley, 21, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Hugo, at Colorado University Hospital in Aurora, Colo., Tuesday morning. Caleb is in the same hospital, in critical condition from the gunshot wound to the head he suffered in Friday’s movie-theater massacre. Katie was there with him but escaped injury.
“Both mom and baby are doing great,” the hospital said in a press release.
Caleb, 23, is fighting for his life, his future and his fatherhood to baby Hugo, whom he and his wife named after a character in the hit TV series Lost.
Caleb’s brother Seth, 21, said he is showing small signs of improvement. “There are indications that he understands us and can tell who we are,” Seth said. “His wife talks to him and he shutters. There are obvious signs he understands.”
He says the doctors call his small successes — a thumbs up on command and a clenched fist — “purposeful movement.”
Michael West, 22, a close friend of Caleb and Katie, started a donation website for his friend to help offset medical costs, and as of Monday evening, had already received more than $35,000 in donations, from more than 1,000 donors.
West is hoping that he can make a difference for what is estimated to be hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills for his closest friend, who, as an aspiring comedian, has no medical insurance.
Anyone who wants to help can do so HERE.
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