Aurora shooting may ruin one victim's finances

Caleb Medley and his wife Katie, in an undated family photo
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(CBS News) Victim Caleb Medley was shot in the eye at the Aurora movie theater massacre and remains in intensive care in an induced coma. In the same hospital, one floor away, his wife Katie is about to give birth to their first child.

"He's a strong guy," said Seth Medley, Caleb's brother. "I'm not used to seeing him like that. I don't ever want to see him like that again."

But even if Caleb fully recovers, what happened at the midnight movie threatens to ruin the couple financially. His family has been told medical bills could total $2 million. Longtime friend Michael West is trying to raise money.

"Caleb, he doesn't have any insurance so I put together a website," Michael said, adding that Caleb was looking forward to being a dad. "We've talked to him because we know he can hear us. He needs to get better because he needs to be a dad."

Many are struggling with the emotions raised by this tragedy.

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Kaylan, 13, was the babysitter for the youngest victim in the shooting, six-year-old Veronica Moser Sullivan. Veronica's mother Ashley Moser is still in the hospital with wounds to her neck and abdomen.

Kaylan was in the theatre beside them.

"I want it just to be a nightmare, just a dream. I don't want this to be real," Kaylan said.

When the shooting stopped, Kaylan called 911 then tried to give CPR to Veronica.

"It's horrifying picturing in my head what I saw that night," Kaylan said. "Other people have it much worse than I do. And other people are going through a lot worse than I am."

Kaylan said she feels like she needs to be strong for the people who've been injured.

"If they break down, I want to be strong and help them through their breakdown that they have at the time," Kaylan said.

Kaylan's family knows she too needs help. Her mother says the 13-year-old will start getting grief counseling this week.

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