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Crime'We had no idea this patient was pregnant,' nurse tells 911 operator after woman in vegetative state gave birth

01:55  12 january  2019
01:55  12 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

"Trust has been broken" after woman in vegetative state gives birth

Hacienda Healthcare credits itself as the leading provider of specialized care to the chronically ill in Arizona, but now police have been stationed outside Hacienda Healthcare over the last few days. It is now under criminal investigation, as state investigators try to determine how the woman got pregnant, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca.  Parents of other patients inside Hacienda Healthcare are furious and demanding answers. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

“One of the patients just had a baby and we had no idea she was pregnant ,” a nurse says during the call. Residents of the tower have been told to leave for a second time in four days to enable the company and investigators to Investigation launched after woman in vegetative state gives birth .

A woman who has been in a vegetative state for at least 14 years gave birth at this care facility in The woman has been a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facility for at least a Her baby is healthy. A source told Arizona' s Family that workers didn't know she was pregnant until

'We had no idea this patient was pregnant,' nurse tells 911 operator after woman in vegetative state gave birth© Ross D. Franklin/AP This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When a woman who has been in a vegetative state for years suddenly gave birth at an Arizona care facility last month, caregivers were taken completely by surprise, telling 911 dispatchers, "We had no idea she was pregnant."

Phoenix police released audio of the frantic 911 call a nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility made after the 29-year-old woman gave birth on December 29. She has been a patient there since 1992, according to court records.

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The police in Phoenix have opened an investigation into allegations that a woman in a vegetative state at a private nursing facility was sexually assaulted and gave birth to a child last month, the authorities said Friday. Sgt.

A near-drowning had left the woman in a persistent vegetative state for nearly a decade. None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth .” On Dec. 29, with help from one of the facility’ s nurses , the patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy, KPHO reported.

Police are treating the case as a sexual assault investigation and have begun gathering DNA from men who work at the facility. But there is currently no suspect in the abuse of the woman.

'We were not prepared for this'

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.

"We need help, please," a nurse yelled at the dispatcher, who tried to calm the nurse and get the address of the facility.

"Baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue!"

A man got on the line who asked for clarification.

"Okay, what's the emergency?" he asked.

"Someone just had a baby -- one of the patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant," the nurse said. "We were not prepared for this."

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A persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a disorder of consciousness in which patients with severe brain damage are in a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness.

The police collected the DNA of male employees of a private nursing home in Arizona this week as they broadened the investigation into allegations that a woman in a vegetative state there who gave birth to a child last month had been sexually assaulted.

After the nurse provided the facility's phone number, the manasked her, "And the mom is doing okay?"

"We're not sure," the nurse said. "We had no idea this patient was pregnant."

'A complete surprise'

Soon after, the nurse yelled, "Is the baby breathing? Baby is not breathing, baby is blue."

After the man confirmed that someone was performing CPR on the baby, he asked again, "How's the mom doing?"

"Mom's doing well -- it looks like she's doing well," the nurse said. "We had no idea this person was pregnant."

"I understand," the mansaid, "does she know how far along she was or anything?"

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

The nurse said the woman appeared stable and that others were checking her vital signs. Meanwhile, others in the room worked to resuscitate the baby, doing compressions on his chest and using a self-inflating resuscitator.

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DNA samples sought at facility where woman in vegetative state gave birth . It was unclear if staff members at the facility were aware of her pregnancy until the birth , but KPHO quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying, "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was

A near-drowning had left the woman in a persistent vegetative state for nearly a decade. Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth .” On Dec.

Not long after that the wails of a newborn baby were heard in the background, echoing through the room.

"Oh my gosh, thank God," the nurse said.

'A deeply disturbing incident'

According to police, the woman and the child are being treated in the hospital.

The family's attorney has said they are "outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda HealthCare." The family will care for the baby, the attorney said.

Hacienda officials called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident," and said the facility was cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies. Bill Timmons, the company's CEO, resigned on Monday.

The company has also been ordered by the Arizona Department of Health to implement "heightened safety measures."

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