First picture of mum-of-three ‘cut in half’ by a hospital lift as she was wheeled in on a stretcher moments after giving birth

Mother was on the way to the maternity ward when she was caught up in a freak accident

Rocio Cortes Nunez, 26, is said to have been killed as she was being pushed into a lift on a stretcher that was going from the second to the third floor of the Virgen de Valme Hospital in Seville, southern Spain.

Rocio Cortes Nunez, 26, was being taken to a maternity unit on the third floor

Rocio Cortes Nunez, 26, was being taken to a maternity unit on the third floor

Tragically, the woman was on her way to a maternity ward to recover and spend time with her child.

The lift is understood to have started moving upwards before the stretcher was fully in leaving her with horrific injuries.

This is thought to have followed a suspected mechanical failure with the automatic lift door.

Initial reports said the mum had literally been divided into two in the horrific accident which happened about 2.30pm today.

Her exact injuries have not yet been confirmed.

It was reported that firefighters took two hours to reach her mauled body after her head was trapped between the lift frame and roof as it started moving upwards and her feet left dangling in the lift shaft.

The patient was being moved to another part of the hospital when the freak incident happened

The Virgen de Valme Hospital in Seville, southern Spain

Speaking after the tragedy, 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.”

An investigation, coordinated by an investigating magistrate, is now underway.

The new born baby has been transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Virgen del Rocío, reports ABC.

Her relatives told a local paper a hospital porter had gone to change lifts after the door opened and closed twice without anything happening – before it started moving upwards and he was able to pull the stretcher with Rocio on it to safety.

Regional health minister Marina Alvarez called the accident “quick, unusual and tragic” as she said the lift had undergone checks on August 12.

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