An elevator in a hospital malfunctioned on Sunday, reportedly cutting a patient in half.
Rocio Cortes Nunez, 26, was being transported on a stretcher after having just given birth to her third daughter at Our Lady of Valme Hospital in Seville, Spain when the elevator started moving before she was all the way through its doors.
“I’m a total wreck,” Nunez’s husband, Jose Gaspar, told ABC Sevilla. “This cannot continue. Today it has been Rocio, but tomorrow it could be another person.”
David Gaspar, Nunez’s brother-in-law, told Europa Press the family was “devastated.” Nunez’s mom said she only found out her daughter had died when she heard there was an accident at the hospital and approached a staff member.
“I went to the information desk,” said Carmen Nunez. “They told me that a girl had died, and then they confirmed that she was my daughter. What a cruel death she suffered.”
Nunez had just given birth to her daughter, Triana, via Caesarean section and was on her way to a maternity ward at the time of the incident, The Sun reported.
Nunez’s stretcher was pushed onto the elevator — which suddenly moved upwards before the stretcher was fully inside, trapping Nunez, whose head was reportedly stuck between the roof and the elevator frame.
Local media reports that the young woman’s father cried, “They killed her! My daughter was killed!” following the tragedy.
It took firefighters approximately two hours to reach Nunez’s body, according to local reports.
Aside from Triana, Nunez leaves behind daughters Carmen, 5, and Rocio, 4, according to The Telegraph.
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