While 23-year-old Colorado shooting victim Caleb Medley fought for his life, his wife, Katie brought the world new life -- giving birth to the couple’s first child.
"The family is excited to say that Hugo Jackson Medley was born at 7:11 (a.m. Mountain Time, 1311 GMT) this morning. Both mom and baby are doing great," a family spokeswoman said, according to Reuters.
Caleb, an aspiring comedian, was listed in critical condition Tuesday at University of Colorado Denver Hospital. He's in a medically induced coma.
Katie, 21, a veterinary student, gave birth on Tuesday in the same hospital where her husband has undergone three surgeries since Friday's shooting.
It all started as a last date before officially becoming parents. So the couple went to the midnight showing of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora, The Coloradoan reported.
Katie's father, David Sanchez, said his daughter and son-in-law had been waiting for a year to watch the premiere of the movie.
"They had Batman apparel on,” said Sanchez.
Twenty minutes into the film, a man clad in black tactical body armor, helmet and gas mask, and carrying three guns opened fire.
Katie escaped the theater uninjured, but her husband, Caleb was shot in the face.
By the end of the night, twelve people were killed and 58 wounded.
James Eagan Holmes, 24, was identified as the alleged shooter and arrested behind the theater. He had recently sought to leave a doctoral degree program in neuroscience at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical School, a few blocks from his once bomb filled, booby-trapped-to-kill apartment.
No health insurance
According to MSNBC, Caleb lost his right eye and suffered brain damage from the gun shot wound.
"He is showing signs of improvement," said close friend Michael West, who has become their family spokesman. West said, for example, that Caleb's heart rate shot up to 130 beats per minute whenever anyone talked about the baby, who was named before his birth, The Times Colonist reports.
But like many of the young 20-somethings at the movies that night, the sweethearts, who met their senior year in high school, have no health insurance, said West.
“Caleb and his family have no insurance, and these hospital bills are going to be well into the hundreds if not thousands if not millions."
So West set up a website to raise money for his care, www.calebmedley.com/help.
"Caleb and Katie will be struggling with these hospital bills for the rest of their lives,” West wrote on the website.
Since then, donations to the family have shot up to over $100,000.