SPAIN: A 26-year-old woman in Seville who had just given birth died after the hospital’s elevator malfunctioned and trapped her head. Local media reports that the tragedy took place at the Virgen de Valme University Hospital in the province’s Dos Hermanas neighborhood.
Rocío Cortés Núñez was being transported to the hospital’s maternity ward when the devastating accident happened. She just woke up following a Cesarean procedure and was supposed to recover and spend time with her newborn in the ward.
She was holding her newborn baby in her arms when the lift went awry. The infant is said to have been uninjured. The newborn has been moved to the Children’s Hospital of Virgen del Rocio.
As per the report, the hospital caretaker was in the process of transferring Nuñez’s stretcher to another elevator after the first opened and closed twice without actually moving. The caretaker first stepped out of the compartment but just as he was about to completely pull out the stretcher, the elevator started moving upwards leaving the patient’s half of body still inside.
Nuñez’s head got trapped between the lift’s frame and roof. Authorities believe that the elevator’s closing system had a mechanical failure leading to the patient being divided in two.
While an emergency response team immediately arrived after being alerted, they weren’t able to save the new mother. Reports further claim that the firefighters only managed to get her body out after two hours.
The victim’s brother-in-law David Gaspar said that the unbelievable tragedy left the patient’s husband devastated. That day, they were looking forward to celebrating the birth of the baby. They believe that the accident “cannot go unpunished” and hope that clarification will soon emerge. The body was taken to the Forensic Anatomical Institute of Seville for an autopsy.
According to IB Times, Health Minister of Andalusia Region Marina Alvarez said that the hospital’s elevator was last checked on August 12 and that it “had passed all inspections and complied with regulations.”
She described the incident as a “quick and unusual” one. The hospital is supervised by the Andalusian Health Servie and provides care to approximately 300,000 patients. Alvarez personally went to the hospital to gather details and provide support to Nuñez’s family.
The victim left behind two other daughters aged three and four. She loved sharing photos of her children’s adventures on her social media page.