Sunday, October 2, 2011

Doctors deliver baby boy after gunman shoots pregnant mother dead in church attack, Madrid Spain - 1st Oct 2011

A gunman shot dead a pregnant woman in church before kneeling at the altar and turning the weapon on himself.

Doctors are waiting to see if the woman's baby, delivered by paramedics on the church floor after she was killed, has suffered brain damage. Rocio Pineira, 36, had been days away from giving birth.

The boy was saved in an emergency cesarean section but had to be resuscitated during the procedure on Thursday evening at the Santa Maria del Pinar Church in Madrid.

The boy, named Alvaro, is in the neonatal intensive care unit at La Paz Hospital in the Spanish capital. Doctors said it will be several days before they can fully comment on the infant's condition but it was described as 'serious'.

The husband of Mrs Pineira is receiving treatment for shock. Read More