Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Child in the womb saved after mother killed in Detroit

The Detroit News has details of a child in the womb who was saved after her mother was tragically shot and killed.

Not until he and his crew moved a man’s body from the top of the heap did they realize the woman underneath was pregnant. They knew they had to act quickly to keep the fetus alive.

“I don’t know how far along she is, or say whether the baby will survive; I let the doctors make that call,” said Walinsky, who was among a handful of first responders who were called to the scene Sunday.....

When paramedics arrived, Shaltry, nine months pregnant, was dead, but that didn’t mean the baby had to die.

Walinsky said the crew knew they had to get oxygen to the baby by giving oxygen to the mother. Oxygen could still circulate to the baby through the umbilical chord, Walinsky said.

They worked quickly to get Shaltry to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where the baby girl was delivered by Caesarean section. The mother was in the operating room 30 minutes after the shooting, Walinsky said.