Au­dio shows panic af­ter coma birth

The Maui News - - AUTO -

PHOENIX — Pan­ick­ing staff 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 Fri­day.

The five min­utes of au­dio from the Dec. 29 birth starts with a fran­tic nurse at the Phoenix fa­cil­ity yelling, “The baby’s turn­ing blue! The baby’s turn­ing blue!”

“One of our pa­tients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was preg­nant,” the nurse said.

An emer­gency re­spon­der asked how far along the mother was in her preg­nancy. The nurse, still sound­ing stunned, said that no­body would know.

“This is a com­plete sur­prise. We were not ex­pect­ing this,” she said.

The para­medic asked if any­one was do­ing CPR and de­scribed how to do proper com­pres­sions with two fin­gers in the cen­ter 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.

The woman and the baby boy have been re­cov­er­ing at a hos­pi­tal. Their con­di­tions have not been re­leased.

The 29-year-old woman, who has been in­ca­pac­i­tated since age 3, was sex­u­ally as­saulted, and po­lice are try­ing to track down the as­sailant.

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