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SEVILLE, SPAIN – A 25-year-old mother of three was cut in half by a hospital elevator shortly after giving birth.

The horrific accident happened as Rocio Cortes Nunes was being moved between floors at Virgen de Valme Hospital.

Nunes was being transported on a stretcher to the maternity ward after having given birth to her daughter via cesarean.

Once inside the elevator, the doors opened and closed but did not move floors. The hospital staff member with Nunes decided to use another elevator and began wheeling Nunes out.

Nunes, still on the stretcher, was halfway out of the elevator when the doors closed and the elevator began moving floors.

According to reports, the poor woman was killed when she was cut in two. Her family, who were waiting on her on the floor above, stated they heard a loud “loud blow” come from inside the elevator.

It would take firefighters two hours to remove her body, which was stuck in the doors. It was initially thought that her newborn was with her at the time of the accident, but she had already been taken to another hospital due to a heart condition.

“This cannot end like this,” said her husband. “This time it has been Rocio but tomorrow it could be another person. I’m a total wreck.”

Nunes leaves behind three daughters – Carmen, 5; Rocio, 4; and new born Triana.

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    That is horrific. I’ve got nothing else. Just, what an awful, fucked up, way to go.

  • that is absolutely horrific this world sucks

  • That’s insane. And so sad.

  • Stuff like this makes you really question the world you live in.

  • This website is why I take the stairs.

  • Lmao you take the stairs when on a stretcher. I gotta learn your skills!

  • Now that is fuckin sad.

  • Unbelievable.. sounds like something out of a horror movie.. hello lawsuit. At least the baby had already been taken to another room. Poor girl.

  • LoL no, not while on a stretcher. I know she didn’t have that option. I’ve never been on a stretcher in the hospital, fortunately. I have been in a wheelchair, but my hospitals have always been single story. I HATE elevators.

  • A while ago happened a similar accident here in Tijuana México, in the twin towers woman and her kid…

  • Fucking horrific.

  • So sad. I feel so bad for her husband and kids, especially the newborn ????????????

  • That’s truly horrific.????

  • the world doesn’t suck…sub-par contractors who use cheap materials, and shit-level inspection crews fucking suck!

  • NoBS NoSpam

    Was the elevator of Chinese design or manufacture?

    Just curious.

  • velvetjoneslives

    When ever some dumb ass goes off on a rant as to why we need all these gosh darn rules and regulations, this is why. This would be virtually impossible to happen in almost any part of the US.

  • PurpleAnn

    I hope.

  • john doe

    Horrible and ironic,she just gave life,but death was given to her.

  • PurpleAnn

    French (guillotine)

  • Christy

    Jesus Christ. When it’s your time…

  • I think I need to quit reading the demon…it’s making me very sad and depressed. How horrifying for the family, the nurses who watched, and I pray the woman was asleep/under when it happened.

  • Heather_Simpson

    This is a terrible tragedy! She was so young and had JUST given birth! My heart goes out to her family, especially those poor children who are now left without a mother.

  • Heather_Simpson

    LOL Nice

  • reminds me of the omen..

  • Anyone else remember a couple of years ago when a lady was bisected while crossing a draw bridge? The operator didn’t see her.

  • Maybe they were trying to turn her milk into half and half?

  • Nope.

  • Final destination shit right there!

  • velvetjoneslives

    Not to a be argumentative, but this is a little bit of a different circumstance. In that case the woman overrode the safety feature of the elevator. Unless I’m missing something, in this latest incident the elevator doors opened as usual when the accident occurred.

  • As someone who lives in Spain, their hospitals are really weird!! Legit feel more like Asylum than ER rooms….

  • Mazikeen666

    Wow sad ,wat it supposed to be a happy occasion, rip, sue the hospital

  • jansav

    Sad. How horrific for the family. Sometimes I have to wonder what is the point?

  • PurpleAnn

    That’s horror movie material, right there.

  • PurpleAnn

    That’s why I can’t understand “medical tourism”. Is it really worth the risk to save a couple thousand on that Tijuana tummy tuck?

  • Exactly, you people are still blind to the greed around you. It’s a sad downward spiral, to the end of all times. There’s no chance that we can survive. I mean… 70 million people every year are brought into this Earth. What have they doing? Sucking up all our resources. There’s too many people, So what do we do? Just keep them around? Lets kill them! Lets get rid of them! Good! Thank you! Thanks for ahh… Thanks for coming out.

  • Big Stan

    25 years old.. she was absolutely beautiful, her entire life ahead of her with her babies. I read this elsewhere yesterday and it really got to me. With 3 girls myself and a partner that still takes my breath away after 8 years I am trying my best to not imagine how this would feel for the father left behind.

  • OMG ????

  • OMG ????

  • mean birch

    Spot on my friend, spot on

  • mean birch


  • Big Stan

    And probably a father that has no idea how he is going to cope. I know if my partner passed and left me with our 3 I would be much too distraught to care for them properly for some time. Just cannot imagine the situation at all. I hope the father can get his shit together after a reasonable grieving period and carry on for the children’s sake.

  • AlabamDeb

    I know the staff was probably frozen with shock and horror, but I just wonder what the outcome would have been if someone had thought to just pull her off the stretcher when the elevator started to move?

  • Ann Roh

    The hospital that I had both my children in had the O.R. for C-sections, the maternity ward, and the N.I.C.U. all on the same floor. I picked for that reason, because I also hate elevators. Never could have predicted something this horrible, and my heart goes out to this family.

  • Sejanus

    There are no words…

  • Horrible. I’m seriously hoping she still had her saddle block anesthesia keeping her numb from the chest down.

  • NinaRoss009

    Thank God her baby was moved, what a horrible, horrible way to go… hopefully it was quick and she didn’t feel anything.

  • BG

    I suspect that will turn into sue the elevator company. Unless someone can prove the malfunction was the hospitals fault, then yes, sue the hospital. Although I have no idea if this type of action can be brought in Spain.

  • BG

    Anyone want to go in halfsies on a baby gift? (I know, couldn’t be helped, ticket punched for Hell a LONG time ago…)

  • itsknotme

    Was there a sign the reads, “Solar Power Elevator: Do Not Use During Eclipse”?

  • Leslie Mashmann

    Awfully sad – even to much for discussion. I do however, wonder about safety laws in Spain.

  • Old Man Metal

    Maybe it’s just me, but a medical procedure is the *last* place I’m tryin’ to save a buck…

  • john doe
  • Heather_Simpson

    I hope the father has enough sense to get his shit together and raise those children right.

  • Inferus

    Going down…permanently.

  • Scout Kent

    I was just about to agree when I realized there was another horror story in the second half of the article, with no rule-breaking involved. Here’s a link that blames it on faulty wiring. A second elevator disaster is also featured – the second one involves human error, but it’s included because because it also includes not only decapitation, but an unfortunate bystander who had to remain in close quarters with the head until rescued. I do agree with your overall point about rules and regs, though!

  • Heather_Simpson

    Good one! LOL

  • any liberals commented yet on how if she had aborted those kids to help climate change, this wouldn’t have happened to her ?

  • How sad is that

  • Josh

    Just you.

  • Josh

    I wish I could help her get back on her feet.


    I was stuck in an elevator with a work acquaintance once. She seemed rather nervous. After we got out, she confided that she had been stuck in an elevator and when the woman stuck in there with her tried to climb out, the elevator began to move and cut her in half. I was so grateful that she’d been able to keep calm when we were stuck. I never thought I’d ever hear again such a horrific story. i was wrong.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I think the problem was the age and possible lack of updates and repairs on the 30 year old elevator.

  • Happy Entrails

    Motherhood sure has its ups and downs.

  • velvetjoneslives

    I was watching “Die Hard” for the 200th time last night and during the elevator scene, when Bruce Willis hits the stop button and climbs out by prying open the doors, all I could think of was this story. Another movie ruined by the DD.

  • Duane Aho

    And they all told her she would never get any rest after the baby was born. I guess she proved them all wrong.

  • Josh

    Also took a load off her legs at the same time.

  • Da Mac

    Don’t forget the innumerable, moronic software developers who can’t tackle the almighty task of programming safe behavior into elevators, even with the added benefit of decades on end with which to figure it out. Idiotic twats…

  • Da Mac

    You’re joking, right? It’s the U.S. that has no enforceable regulations compared to the remaining entirety of the First World.

  • Da Mac

    The only advantage the U.S. used to have is exorbitant amounts of money to throw at the corrupt idiots who should keep the facilities safe.

  • velvetjoneslives

    I’ve been to almost every first world country on the planet, and no, I’m not joking. While parts of western Europe and the UK might match or exceed the the US when it comes to public safety, southern and eastern Europe don’t even come close at times.

  • Kristina Sixstarchick Kiser

    Had a freaky working elevator at a hospital in Jax, Fl. Shit made you feel like you were about to free fall every time.

  • Da Mac

    I can imagine you’re right. I might be unfairly comparing the standards in the US to countries that have all of one-fifth (Germany) or one-sixth (Britain) of the American GDP at their disposal…

  • Screamin’ Mimi

    I thought this kind of shit only happened on Six Feet Under or American Horror Story. RIP.

  • Mazikeen666

    Thk u for ur comment, my friend ????gdnite

  • Nathan

    I forget where I heard you’re not supposed to try that, but I thought everyone knew that.