Audio has been released from the 911 call made by distressed nurses after a female patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth.
Panicked staff at the Arizona clinic called for police and paramedics on 29 December when it emerged that the woman had given birth to a healthy baby, with workers unaware that she had been pregnant.
In the five minute clip released by police on Friday, one of the nurses says: “The baby’s turning blue!
“One of the patients just had a baby and we had no idea she was pregnant. The baby’s turning blue and we need someone now! This is a complete surprise. We were not expecting this.”
The operator repeatedly asks about the condition of the mother, to which the nurse replies: “Mum’s doing well, looks like she’s doing well, but we had no idea this patient was pregnant.
“We were not expecting this.”
The clinic – run by Hacienda HealthCare near Phoenix – has described the birth as a “deeply disturbing incident” and chief executive Bill Timmons has resigned.
All male employees at the care facility have been ordered to provide DNA samples after investigating officers said the woman, 29, had been raped. No arrests have been made.
She had been in a vegetative state for 14 years following an incident in which she almost drowned.
The woman was a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe and chairman Terry Rambler said the community had been left “deeply shocked and horrified” by her treatment.
“When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers,” he said.
“Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her. It is my hope that justice will be served.”
San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally said Phoenix police “will do all they can to find the perpetrator” and his department will assist “in any way possible”.
In a statement, Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said the facility “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation”.
According to a lawyer for a relative of the woman, the baby boy is healthy and “has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for”.
French nappies found to contain weedkiller and other potentially toxic chemicals | World News
Potentially toxic substances, including a widely-used weedkiller linked to cancer, have been discovered in nappies made and sold in France.
Environment agency ANSES revealed its findings in a new study published on Wednesday, with scientists testing 23 types of nappies as they were worn by children.
The tests uncovered butylphenyl methylpropional – used in beauty products – and some aromatic hydrocarbons.
The weedkiller chemical found was glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer and had been subjected to attempts by some European leaders to have it banned.
Regarding its discovery in nappies made in the country, the government said it was vital that manufacturers and retailers ensured the substance was removed.
In a joint statement, the health, environment and finance ministries said: “We call on manufacturers and retailers to take measures within the next 15 days to eliminate these substances from babies’ nappies.”
Health minister Agnes Buzyn also moved to assure parents that there was no immediate risk to their children, and said the report was “a precaution to protect our children from possible effects”.
She added: “Obviously we should continue putting nappies on our babies – we’ve been doing that for at least 50 years.”
President Emmanuel Macron has previously said he wanted the glyphosate to be completely phased out, but farmers are likely to be exempt as there are no credible alternatives.
As well as being potentially dangerous to humans, scientists have warned that the controversial pesticide could also be killing bees.
But it remains registered in around 130 countries, including the UK, where it is commonly used to spray pests.
Venezuelan opposition leader declares himself president amid unrest | World News
Venezuela’s opposition leader has declared himself the new president amid riots which have led to several deaths.
Juan Guaido was met with cheering support after naming himself interim president, raising his right hand as he said he was “formally assuming the responsibility of the national executive”.
Soon after, US president Donald Trump formally recognised Mr Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.
A statement from the White House encouraged other western nations to make the same move.
Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a contested second term two weeks ago but has been met by international condemnation.
Thousands of Venezuelans have protested against Mr Maduro, accusing him of usurping power and demanding he step down.
Millions have fled as the country reels from a crushing economic crisis. Those who are forced to stay are going hungry.
The Venezuelan parliament is not likely to convene until Thursday at the earliest.
Mr Maduro was re-elected last month but the country’s opposition does not recognise the election and says it was fraudulent.
The US recognition of Mr Guaido will mount pressure on Mr Maduro to step down.
‘I can’t say I’m sorry’: Trump hat teen Nick Sandmann defends himself over Native American encounter | US News
A US high school student has said he wished he “walked away and avoided” his encounter with a Native American protester.
Nick Sandmann was filmed apparently smirking while standing just a few feet from Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Friday in a video that has gone viral.
But the teenager said he did not intend to be disrespectful, insisting “I’d like to talk to [Mr Phillips]”
“I mean, in hindsight, I wish we could’ve walked away and avoided the whole thing. But I can’t say that I’m sorry for listening to him and standing there,” he told NBC’s Today programme.
Asked if he felt he owed anyone an apology or has assumed fault for the clash, he instead blamed a group of black men styling themselves as Hebrew Israelites who were also there.
The men were filmed taunting and insulting both the indigenous people gathered with Mr Phillips and the boys, many of whom, including Sandmann, wore red hats bearing President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“They started shouting a bunch of homophobic, racist, derogatory comments at us. I heard them call us incest kids, bigots, racists. They called us f*****s,” Nick Sandmann said.
The Covington Catholic High School students, who were in Washington for an anti-abortion rally, outnumbered their aggressors but the teenager said he “definitely felt threatened.”
Nathan Phillips, a tribal elder, activist and Vietnam War veteran, was singing and playing a drum as he took part in an indigenous people’s march.
He locked eyes with Nick Sandmann while around them some of the teenager’s classmates from the private, all-male school in Kentucky, were seen dancing and jumping around, apparently mocking Mr Phillips.
Some were also wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and sweatshirts and one removed his top.
President Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday the White House has “reached out and voiced our support” to Nick Sandmann and his fellow students.
She said no one understands better than Donald Trump when the media jumps to conclusions and “attacks you for something you may or may not have done.”
On Tuesday, Mr Trump defended the students, tweeting that they had been “smeared by the media” and had become “symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be”.
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