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UW-Eau Claire Freshman
Dies in Residence Hall
MAILED: Jan. 30, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Karen Marie Hubbard, a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire freshman from Withee, died early this morning at Sacred Heart Hospital after giving birth to a baby in an Oak Ridge Hall bathroom. The baby was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, where the baby remains in critical condition.
"This is a tragic situation," said Charles Major, director of housing and residence life. "The university community offers its condolences to this young woman's family and our support to her many friends on our campus. Counselors have been meeting with students throughout the night to help them deal with this tragedy."
UW-Eau Claire and city of Eau Claire emergency personnel were called to the residence hall by the resident assistant on duty at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Hubbard in a second-floor bathroom stall not breathing and with no pulse. As the officer removed the woman from the stall, he discovered a newborn baby in the stall. The baby was immediately wrapped in a blanket and another student began CPR on the baby as the officers worked to revive Hubbard. Hubbard and the baby were transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by city of Eau Claire emergency medical technicians. Hubbard later died.
Hubbard, a freshman pre-pharmacy major, was a 2001 graduate of Owen-Withee High School.
UW-Eau Claire counselors are offering immediate and ongoing counseling services to university students and staff, and Hubbard's friends and family.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 30, 2002