Spanish baby delivered from murdered mother

30th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish doctors were caring Friday for a baby who was delivered by emergency workers after a deranged gunman shot and killed a pregnant woman in a Madrid church, officials said.

At the request of the family, a spokeswoman at the Spanish capital's Hospital de La Paz said Friday she could give no update on the baby's condition.

The drama unfolded Thursday evening in the Santa Maria del Pinar in northern Madrid.

"An individual enters and without a word shoots a pregnant woman in the head, then fires at another woman in the chest and then commits suicide with the same weapon," a Madrid police spokesman said.

The 54-year-old killer had no relationship with his victims, the spokesman said, adding: "We assume it was a fit of madness."

Recounting the events to Spanish state television, the on-duty SAMUR emergency worker Ceferina Cuesta said there was nothing she could do to save the pregnant woman.

"She was a young woman of 36 who had a head wound who was in (cardiac) arrest and moreover had a baby at term," Cuesta said.

"Despite our efforts, it was impossible to revive the mother. So, we had to do something for the baby."

The baby was born in an emergency caesarian operation on the spot and taken to hospital.

The other injured woman, who was 53, was seriously injured and taken to the same hospital. No medical update on her condition was immediately available.

© 2011 AFP

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