A MOTHER who had just given birth has died after being cut in half by a faulty hospital lift in Sevilla yesterday.
Rocio Cortes Nunez, 26, had just given birth to her baby by C-Section and she and her new daughter were being taken to the maternity ward together when tragedy struck.At around 2.30pm, a hospital porter had gone to change lifts after the door opened and closed twice without anything happening, according to her family.But while Rocio’s stretcher was still half in the lift, it started moving upwards and the porter was unable to pull the stretcher with Rocio on to safety.
Her legs were left danging in the lift shaft after her head became wedged in the doors, and the lift began moving upwards.
It took fire fighters two hours to reach the mother of three at the Valme Hospital.Witnesses say she was cut completely in half.Staff at the scene did all they could to save the woman but she died from her injuries.
Brother-in-law David Gaspar said: “It’s incredible. We still can’t believe what’s happened. Something has to happen. This cannot go unpunished.”
The new-born baby who was unharmed.An investigation has been launched.Nunez has two other daughters, aged three and four.
Junta health minister Marina Alvarez called the accident ‘quick, unusual and tragic’ as she said the lift had undergone checks on August 12 and announced an immediate investigation.
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