Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A baby delivered by emergency Caesarian section after her pregnant mum was killed by a stray bullet has died as well after fighting for life in an intensive care unit.
The newborn baby passed away at the Presidente Vargas Hospital in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre on the morning of 29th December.
The baby’s mother, nursery school teacher Cintia Rosa da Silva, was on her way to the supermarket on the evening of 28th December when she was hit by a stray bullet.
The location where the young woman was shot is said to be a notorious drug dealing spot.
Police officer Roberta Bertoldo told local media: “A black car passed by the area and shots were fired from a firearm. Three people were hit in this operation. Cintia in the back and another two men. They were seen to and discharged.”
The two men who were injured are 19 and 20 years old and have criminal records for involvement in drug dealing.
The black Peugeot was later found abandoned close to the scene of the crime.
Silva, who was seven-months pregnant, was rushed to the emergency department of a local hospital in a state of cardiorespiratory arrest.
“A resuscitation manoeuvre was performed immediately and the department’s doctors found a foetal heartbeat. The patient ended up dying and our colleagues from the emergency services performed the Caesarian section, removed the baby and handed it to the paediatrician.”
However, the newborn, who Silva had planned to name Livia, passed away from unspecified complications the following morning.
Silva leaves behind a husband and two other children. According to relatives, the trio have since moved out of their home due to the increasing violence in the neighbourhood.
Former neighbours of the family have been conducting a local whip-round to raise money for the victims’ burial.
The crime is being investigated by the police, who have not made any arrests so far.
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