Nurse's frantic call as woman in 14-year coma gives birth

  • 13/01/2019

Police have released the frantic phone call nurses made as they realised their vegetative patient was giving birth.

The woman was in a vegetative state at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Arizona for 14 years. But she surprised and shocked family and carers after she mysteriously gave birth in December.

Described in a recent medical report as having a brain injury, seizures, recurrent pneumonia and both feeding and breathing tubes, staff were not aware she was pregnant and only noticed she was giving birth with she started moaning.

This led to nurses making a frantic 911 call as the new-born wasn't breathing.

"The baby's turning blue, the baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue, the baby's turning blue!" a nurse told dispatchers.

"The baby is turning blue, we need someone now!"

They began making attempts to resuscitate the infant, while calling for emergency services to hurry.

"We're not sure (if the mom is doing OK). We had no idea this patient was pregnant," the nurse said.

"The baby is not breathing, the baby is blue. They're doing CPR on the baby."

Fortunately they managed to save the baby's life and the baby could be heard crying in the audio.

Police have launched an investigation and are DNA testing every male who works at the healthcare facility.

"She was not in a position to give consent to any of this," police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.

"So if anyone can understand that, this was a helpless victim who was sexually assaulted."

William Timmons, who was CEO when the woman became pregnant and gave birth, has resigned.

"We have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident," Hacienda Healthcare spokesman David Leibowitz said, according to the New York Times.

"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter."