Panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant, according to dramatic 911 audio released today.
The five minutes of audio from the December 29 birth starts with a frantic nurse at the Phoenix facility yelling, “The baby’s turning blue! The baby’s turning blue!“
An emergency responder asked how far along the mother was in her pregnancy. The nurse, still sounding stunned, said that nobody would know.
“One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant,” the nurse said.
“This is a complete surprise. We were not expecting this.”
The paramedic asked if anyone was doing CPR and described how to do proper compressions with two fingers in the centre of the baby’s chest. The nurse said workers were using a resuscitation bag.
A few minutes later, the nurse expressed relief, saying “thank God” the baby was now breathing and crying.
Police say the 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since the age of 3, was sexually assaulted and they are trying to track down the assailant.
Investigators are collecting DNA from the facility’s male employees and anyone else who may have had contact with her.
The revelation that a woman in a vegetative state was raped inside a care facility has horrified advocates for people with disabilities and the community at large. The CEO of Hacienda HealthCare resigned this week as the provider announced new safety measures, including more than one staff member being present during patient interactions and more scrutiny of visitors.
The baby boy is now being cared for by his mother’s family.