911 audio reveals shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 12, 2019

"We were not expecting this".

However, experts say she may not have displayed any outward signs of pregnancy and it could have been missed, especially by staffers who don't work with pregnant patients.

As police look for her rapist, they claim none of the staff members at a Phoenix long-term care facility knew about the 29-year-old's pregnancy until the baby was born on December 29, a notion that has drawn skepticism.

The mother could actually lose weight in other places like her face or arms if a fetus is consuming nutrients, Huls added.

"A good way to understand it is that really, the baby's going to continue to grow even at the expense of the mom's nutrition", Huls told the AP.

The revelation that an incapacitated woman was sexually assaulted inside a care facility has horrified advocates for people with disabilities and the community at large. "So, her weight may not change because she's not taking additional calories. There may be changes to her body that are going to go undetected in a chronic care condition or at a facility like this".

A doctor examined the woman on April 16 and found "no change" in her health during an external exam.

The woman's mother, who is her legal guardian, is required under state law to submit an annual report that includes results of a physical, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.

PEOPLE reports the woman has been at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for more than 27 years, almost double the length of time that appeared in previous reports. Officers launched a sex crime investigation when it was determined the mother was in a vegetative state, police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.

The woman and the baby boy have been recovering at a hospital.

In a statement, Hacienda said Board Executive Vice President Gary Orman vowed that Hacienda "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".

The San Carlos Apache Tribe said in a statement to NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix that the woman is a 29-year-old member of the tribe, and that she has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade.

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. Police are now investigating, and said earlier this week they are still gathering DNA from all male employees at the facility.

It also remains unclear if anyone had noticed if the woman had stopped menstruating.

Since the birth came to light, Hacienda HealthCare has implemented increased safety measures, including more than one staff member being present during patient interactions and more scrutiny of visitors.

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