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Mom, who just gave birth, has car stolen from Denver Health's parking lot

Posted at 7:36 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 22:47:18-05

DENVER -- A Denver mother whose newborn is still in the hospital is also dealing with the expensive aftermath of getting her car stolen.  She can't afford to get her undrivable car back from the towing company.

Ruby Jorgensen Prado has been longing for the smile of her newborn.

“I just felt so lucky to be a mom again,” said Prado.

Three years ago, Prado had a miscarriage. 

“I lost her at three days past due. It was so hard to go through. I couldn't wish it upon any parent ever," she said.

Last month, Prado gave birth to her newborn son through an emergency C-section, and due to his health issues, he's spent the last 12 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Denver Health.

Last Saturday, her car disappeared from the parking lot at Denver Health but was found damaged in Thornton Tuesday.

Aside from the visible damages found when police recovered the stolen car, Prado was surprised to see another bill waiting for her at the towing company.

“I'm a victim, and I had my car stolen. It's not like I asked for this,” said Prado.

Prado says she doesn't understand why police didn't ask her to come and pick up her car right away.

Denver7 contacted Thornton Police and they say standard procedure requires them to contact the owner immediately. Police say Prado's car was undrivable at the time of the recovery, which required the vehicle to be towed.

Prado is barely getting by and can't afford to be without a car.

“It's very hard and very stressful, because I don't know how I’m going to get back and forth. How I’m going to be able to take him to his doctor's appointments?” said Prado.

Denver Health said they would be paying for Prado’s impound costs.