Monday, 30 July 2012
MASSACRE VICTIM LOOSES BABY
A week after losing her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, in the horrific Aurora movie massacre, Ashley Moser suffered a second tragedy.
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The 25-year-old mom, who was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at a Colorado Dark Knight Rises premiere, suffered a miscarriage as a result of her injuries this past weekend.
''Ashley Moser is recovering from an additional surgery she had this morning,'' read a statement from the Aurora Medical Center, where she's been receiving treatment. ''Tragically, the extreme trauma she sustained also caused a miscarriage."
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After being shot in the abdomen and neck, Moser was in critical condition. Her family waited to share the devastating news about her daughter Veronica, the youngest fatality in the shooting, until Moser's condition improved last week. But by this weekend, it was confirmed Moser had also lost the fetus she'd been carrying for eight weeks as a result of her injuries.
This comes just days after Moser's boyfriend, Jamison Toews, shared their baby's ultrasound with CBS News in hopes of keeping Moser's spirits up. At the time, her unborn child was believed to be alive, leading media outlets to proclaim the young fetus's survival a miracle.
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On Monday, Holmes was charged with 24 counts of first degree murder among other violent offenses after a shooting spree that left 12 dead and 58 injured. On Sunday, before the charges were announced, The New York Times speculated that Moser's miscarriage could have implications surrounding the case against the suspected shooter. Colorado's fetal homicide laws, which pertain only to a person who was "born and alive," may fold the personhood debate into the tragedy's aftermath--an already crowded political arena.
But for Moser the pain is personal, not political. Before attending the movie screening, she was about to attend nursing school. Now as her family plans her 6-year-old's funeral, Moser faces possible paralysis, unthinkable grief, and according to her family members, "a lifetime of care."
The family thanked well-wishers for the outpouring of support over the past week and requested those wanting to donate to Moser's care visit any Wells Fargo Bank and request "Donation Account for Ashley and Veronica Moser."