Pregnant ‘Pokemon Go’ player hit by car, given emergency C-section to save baby
A Gladstone, Missouri woman says she was intentionally run over by a vehicle while playing Pokemon Go with friends.
Kaitlyn Shelton says she was the victim of a hit-and-run on July 15 that left her unconscious and jeopardized the health of her unborn baby.
Shelton, who was 38-weeks pregnant, woke up in hospital with cuts, bruises, and tire marks, and was told an emergency C-section was performed to save her baby’s life.
“They had to tie me down for a while, because I wouldn’t stop freaking out,” Shelton told KCTV. “I thought I was gonna lose my son,” she said.
Doctors said she and her baby boy, Joshua Miles Shelton, are expected to be fine.
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The 18-year-old woman says she was out with her boyfriend, sister, and friend playing Pokemon Go when a van rushed by them.
“When they drove by I asked ‘what is your problem?’” said Ashley Shelton, the victim’s sister.
That’s when the vehicle swerved into the group.
“I remember seeing her get hit and she landed on the ground. That van reversed some more and ran her legs over,” Ashley told WDAF. “She was faced down, belly down, I honestly did not know if my sister was alive or dead at that point.”
Shelton is thankful she was with friends at the time of the incident, crediting them for saving her life as well as that of her son.
“My boyfriend saved me, he did help me,” she said. “He pulled me out from underneath the car.”
Shelton is hopeful police will be able to find the driver of the vehicle.
“I want the person to be caught for everyone else — that way nobody else is hit and left on the side of the road like I was,” she said.
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