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April 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Newborn hit in North Seattle DUI accident moved out of ICU

Karina Ulriksen-Schulte holds her son, Elias, right after his birth last month. He was 10 days old when a drunk driver struck and critically injured both of them (Family photo)

Karina Ulriksen-Schulte holds her son, Elias, the day he was born last month. He was 10 days old when a drunk driver struck and critically injured both of them. (Family photo)

The newborn a drunken driver hit in North Seattle last month — in an accident that critically injured his mother and killed his grandparents — was moved out of the intensive care unit today at Harborview Medical Center.

According to an online journal chronicling the healing process of baby Elias Schulte and his mother, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, the 1-month-old is now breathing on his own and getting his voice back after a tube was removed.

This past weekend, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte visibly reacted to seeing the baby for the first time since the accident, according to the journal.

“I think it will be a trigger point to speed up her recovery,” Karina’s husband, Daniel Schulte, wrote. “Every mama needs to know her little ones are okay!”

Karina Ulriksen-Schulte is still in serious condition in Harborview’s ICU, according to hospital spokeswoman, Susan Gregg. Gregg said Elias is also in serious condition.

“Both are stable, but still have a long road ahead of them,” Gregg said.

 

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