911 call released after comatose woman gives birth

  • 911 call released after comatose woman gives birth

911 call released after comatose woman gives birth

Phoenix police have just released the dramatic 911 call that launched the investigation into the woman living in a vegetative state at Hacienda Healthcare who became pregnant and gave birth.

The audio of the 911 call, obtained by CNN affiliate KNXV, paints an image of a frantic scene as workers rushed to save the baby boy, who was not breathing and 'turning blue.' All the names were redacted.

"Someone just had a baby - one of the patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant", the nurse said. The baby is not breathing, the baby is blue. "This is a complete surprise, we were not expecting that", the caller, a nurse, said during the 5-minute call.

Authorities say the 29-year-old woman was the victim of a sexual assault. "We're getting vitals from mom right now", the caller said.

She is described in a medical report as having tubes to feed her and help her breathe.

According to reports, the staff were not aware that the patient was pregnant or in labor until they heard moaning and "she was pretty much giving birth".

The mother could actually lose weight in other places like her face or arms if a fetus is consuming nutrients, Huls added.

He did not reveal the conditions of the patient and her child, who have since been taken in by family. "There may be changes to her body that are going to go undetected in a chronic care condition or at a facility like this".

The revelation that an incapacitated woman was raped inside a care facility has horrified advocates for people with disabilities and the community at large. The provider's CEO resigned this week, and the state said the center has made safety changes. According to court documents, a doctor performed an external examination of the patient on April 16, and found "no change" in her health. Her mother submitted the results of the physical as part of an annual report that state law requires of legal guardians.

PEOPLE reports the woman has been at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for more than 27 years, almost double the length of time that appeared in previous reports.

"She lacks sufficient understanding and mental capacity to make decisions or give consents for her medical, placement or financial estate", read the court documents.

The mother, who had been in the facility for many years, and the baby are recovering, Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson announced this week.

'We have no idea, this is a complete surprise, ' the nurse responded, without explaining that the woman is in a vegetative state.

Her family, who are members of the San Carlos Apache tribe in southeastern Arizona, said in a statement through their attorney that they will care for the baby boy.

Hacienda "will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", Orman said.

Investigators are collecting DNA from the facility's male employees and anyone else who may have had contact with her.

It also remains unclear if anyone had noticed if the woman had stopped menstruating.

The long-term care facility handles cases involving infants, children and young adults with developmental disabilities, or those who are considered "medically fragile".