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Marie-Pier Gagné's baby doing well in Montreal hospital

The baby delivered shortly before a pregnant woman died after an accident in Quebec City Wednesday appears to be in stable condition in a Montreal hospital.

Baby delivered just hours before woman succumbed to injuries suffered when struck by speeding car

Marie-Pier Gagné, seen here in a June Facebook post, was 40 weeks pregnant when she was hit by a car. (Marie-Pier Gagné/Facebook)

A newborn girl is in stable condition despite suffering a fractured skull and a concussion when her mother was fatally struck by a car in Quebec City last week. 

Marie-Pier Gagné, 27, was hit by a speeding car on Wednesday as she was crossing a street near the Laval University teaching hospital. Gagné was 40 weeks pregnant.

Her baby girl, Alexe, was delivered just before Gagné died from her injuries. The newborn has since been transferred to a Montreal hospital.

"Her life is not in danger for the moment. An operation is not planned for now," wrote the baby's uncle, Martin Bittner, in a Facebook group dedicated to Gagné's memory.

Bittner was cautiously optimistic about young Alexe's health, saying that preliminary test results seemed positive and the baby was responding well. But he also said "it's too soon to decide on the future."

"Constant monitoring is required," he added. 

Outpouring of support continues

Bittner said the baby's father, Sylvain Bittner-Lamy, wanted to thank everyone for their support.

One of the family's more high-profile supporters, television host Chantal Lacroix, also posted an update on the baby's health to her Facebook page.

"The child had a double fracture to her skull and had a concussion, hence the plane transfer to Montreal," wrote Lacroix, who works for the French-language channel Cine Vie.

"Her condition seems stable since her arrival in Montreal, time is in her favour."

Lacroix encouraged those who wanted to help to contribute to a crowdfunding campaign for Gagné's partner and the newborn baby. The campaign has raised more than $47,000 so far. 

Émilie Marceau, Gagné's sister and the one who started the campaign, said it was unclear how long the baby would be in hospital, but that the donations will help alleviate some of the associated costs.

"It'll help the father and the family with transportation, housing and food," she said.

A visitation will be held for Gagné on Aug. 21 in Sainte-Marie, south of Quebec City. 

With files from La Presse Canadienne

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