Newborn latest victim of Rio de Janeiro's surging violence

2017-07-04 10:03


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Rio De Janeiro — Arthur was still inside his mother's womb when he became Rio de Janeiro's latest victim of gun violence.

His mother, Claudineia dos Santos Melo, was almost nine months pregnant when she was hit by a stray bullet from a shootout in a Rio slum on June 30. 

During an emergency caesarean section doctors discovered that a bullet had also hit Arthur, damaging his lungs and spine.

Doctors say the mother is in stable, non-life threatening condition while her newborn is clinging to life in a case that has shocked Brazilians and underscored surging gun violence in Rio.

"We had never seen this before," Rafael Lopes, the head surgeon at the Moacyr Rodrigues do Carmo hospital where Arthur was delivered, said during a press conference on Monday.

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