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LISTEN: 911 call that prompted Hacienda Healthcare pregnancy investigation

Posted at 9:42 AM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 21:49:19-05

PHOENIX — Police have released the dramatic 911 call that prompted an investigation into a Phoenix health care facility where an incapacitated woman gave birth last month.

Officers were initially called to Hacienda Healthcare around 3:45 p.m. on December 29 in response to an “infant code” call, or an infant in distress.

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Police say the baby was in fact in distress, and both mother and child were taken to the hospital where they are recovering.

"The baby's turning blue! The baby's turning blue!"

The 5-minute, 11-second 911 call is a recording of the caller, a nurse, talking with dispatchers, seemingly panicked about the baby who was not breathing and "turning blue." She said CPR was being performed on the baby, who was not responsive.

LISTEN TO THE FULL CALL IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE. (WARNING: The audio may be considered graphic by some listeners. Viewer discretion advised.)

The caller also repeatedly told the dispatcher they were not aware the patient was pregnant and that it was a "complete surprise."

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More than four minutes into the call, the nurse announces that they had signs of life from the baby, who is heard crying.

Caller: “The baby’s turning blue, the baby’s turning blue! The baby’s turning blue, the baby’s turning blue!"

Caller: “One of the patients just had a baby and we had no idea she was pregnant."

Caller: “The baby is turning blue, we need someone now.”

Caller: “We’re not sure (if the mom is doing OK). We had no idea this patient was pregnant.”

Caller: “Is the baby breathing? The baby is not breathing, the baby is blue. They’re doing CPR on the baby.”

Caller: “Mom looks like she’s doing well. We had no idea this person was pregnant…We had no idea this patient was pregnant...this is a complete surprise. We were not expecting that.”

Caller: "Mom is doing far she looks stable."

Caller: "Oh my are we doing with the baby?"

4 minutes, 50 seconds into the call...

Caller: "The baby's breathing, oh my God. Thank God."

Caller: "That's the baby crying. We're getting vitals from Mom right now."

Officials say they have been working diligently to find the person who impregnated the woman.

They have collected DNA samples from male workers and are asking the public to come forward with any information that could help solve the case.