Nurse’s 911 call de­tails birth at Ha­cienda

The Arizona Republic - - Valley&state - Bree Burkitt

A nurse at a Phoenix health fa­cil­ity told a 911 op­er­a­tor that the staff had no idea an in­ca­pac­i­tated 29-year-old pa­tient was preg­nant be­fore she gave birth to a boy on Dec. 29, ac­cord­ing to the pan­icked 911 call re­leased Fri­day by Phoenix po­lice.

The 5-minute, 11-sec­ond 911 call de­tails the min­utes after the woman un­ex­pect­edly gave birth. Staff can be heard scram­bling to re­sus­ci­tate the baby after the “sur­prise” de­liv­ery.

The caller, who tells the dis­patcher she’s a nurse at Ha­cienda de los An­ge­les, says the baby wasn’t breath­ing and was “turn­ing blue.”

“One of the pa­tients just had a baby and we had no idea she was preg­nant,” she said. “We were not pre­pared for that.”

“Baby’s turn­ing blue,” she con­tin­ued. “We need some­one now!”

The caller tells the dis­patcher the baby was not re­spond­ing, but they were per­form­ing chest com­pres­sions and at­tempt­ing to suc­tion the baby. She didn’t know the con­di­tions of the mother, but she later told the dis­patcher the mom was OK.

The caller re­peat­edly told the 911 op­er­a­tor they weren’t aware the pa­tient was even preg­nant and the birth came as a “com­plete sur­prise.” She can be heard telling an­other per­son in the back­ground that the pa­tient had a baby. The other in­di­vid­ual re­sponded in shock.

The caller is un­able to an­swer the dis­patcher’s ques­tions about how long the woman had been preg­nant.

The nurse an­nounces the baby was re­spon­sive and had started to cry more than 4 min­utes into the call.

“Thank God,” she said phone.

Paramedics ini­tially re­sponded to Ha­cienda Health­care in re­sponse to an “in­fant code” call at 3:45 p.m.

The woman and her baby were taken to a hos­pi­tal, where they were re­cu­per­at­ing. Her fam­ily lawyer said the baby will be well cared for.

The mom has been a pa­tient of the 60-bed fa­cil­ity since she was 3 years old, ac­cord­ing to court records, and was de­scribed as “in­ca­pac­i­tated” and “un­able into the to make any de­ci­sions or give con­sent due to her dis­abil­ity.”

The child’s birth raised ques­tions about whether the woman had been sex­u­ally as­saulted more than once and whether oth­ers at the fa­cil­ity had also been as­saulted.

Phoenix po­lice were con­duct­ing a sex­ual-as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and mul­ti­ple state agen­cies were in­volved. In­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained DNA from male work­ers at the fa­cil­ity ear­lier this week.

The depart­ment is still ask­ing for the com­mu­nity’s as­sis­tance in find­ing the per­pe­tra­tor.

Bill Tim­mons, Ha­cienda Health­Care’s long­time CEO, an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion in light of the scan­dal.

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