In one of the few bits of good news to come out of the tragedy, a family released photos of a child born only days after her father was shot while watching “The Dark Knight Rises” at a Colorado movie theater
Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 a.m. Tuesday. He was 18.5 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
The mother, Katie Medly, and baby were doing fine, a hospital spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, one floor below, at the University of Colorado Hospital, Hugo’s father was in a medically induced coma following the shooting, which left 12 people dead and dozens injured. Katie Medley and her husband, Caleb, both had attended the premiere of the third installment of the Batman series last week when suspect James Holmes released tear gas and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and injuring nearly 60 others.
Katie’s father, David Sanchez, told reporters that his daughter and her husband had eagerly awaited the premiere for about a year.
Caleb Medley, an aspiring comic, has undergone three surgeries since the shooting. His wife was uninjured.
Caleb Medley is on a ventilator but is starting to breathe on his own and can squeeze people's hands, family friend Michael West said. His heart rate shot up to 130 beats per minute whenever anyone talked about the coming baby, who was named before his birth, he said.
"He is showing signs of improvement," said West, who is leading an online effort to raise money for the young family, which doesn't have health insurance.
Katie Medley and Hugo visited Caleb Medley in the intensive care unit Tuesday.
West said Katie Medley had already been scheduled to be induced and deliver her baby on Monday before the shooting but she changed hospitals in order to be close to her husband.
Katie Medley hasn't spoken publicly about the shooting but Sanchez spoke about the couple's ordeal outside the courthouse where the shooting suspect made his first court appearance Monday.
Since then, donations to the family have shot up to over $100,000.
People from around the country and world have been offering their encouragement and prayers on a Facebook page set up to follow Caleb Medley's progress.
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.