Frantic 911 call after woman in vegetative state gives birth

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

The patient, who gave birth to a boy on December 29 at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, is described as having feeding and breathing tubes, which, according to Huls, likely means that she receives the same amount of nutrients each day. The nurse adds: 'The baby's turning blue, the baby's turning blue.

An emergency responder asked how far along the mother was in her pregnancy.

"This is a complete surprise", she repeated. "This is a complete surprise, we were not expecting that", the caller, a nurse, said during the 5-minute call.

"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", Leibowitz said by email.

'Mom's doing well - it looks like she's doing well, ' the nurse said.

After the man confirmed that someone was performing CPR on the baby, he asked again, "How's the mom doing?" "The woman and the baby were transported to a local hospital", police said in a statement to KPHO.

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

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

The company's chief executive officer, Bill Timmons, resigned Monday.

After the patient's delivery was revealed, the Arizona Department of Health Services said new safety measures have been implemented, including increased staff presence during any patient interaction, more monitoring of patient care areas and additional security measures involving visitors.


Hacienda HealthCare serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities.

The notion that none of the woman's caregivers knew she was pregnant has drawn scepticism.

A sexual assault investigation has been opened into the case as police said that the woman "was not in position to give consent to any of this". In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she's a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader. "There may be changes to her body that are going to go undetected in a chronic care condition or at a facility like this".

It remains unclear to investigators if the woman was raped a couple of times.

The nurse said the woman appeared stable and that others were checking her vital signs.

The absence of a menstrual period for three months "should prompt a medical evaluation", Mercer said in an email.

The woman's mother, who is now her legal guardian, submitted an annual report as required by state law that included the results of a physical that was conducted on April 16 at the facility.

Court documents revealed that the woman received a medical exam almost nine months before giving birth, during which the doctor who examined her found "no change" in her health, according to the form, noting the exam was external only.

A lawyer for the woman's family said they were outraged at the "neglect of their daughter".

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