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An April examination of a woman who gave birth to a baby boy while in a vegetative state showed no signs of the pregnancy.
Court documents show revealed on Thursday that the Arizona woman, who was sexually assaulted, received a medical exam nearly nine months before giving birth.
Woman - Mother - Guardian - Report - State
The 29-year-old woman's mother and legal guardian submitted an annual report as required by state law that included results of a physical done on April 16.
According to the report, the doctor who examined her at Hacienda HealthCare, the long-term care facility where she lives, found 'no change' in her health.
Doctor - Exam
The doctor also noted that the exam was external only.
Doctors in fetal medicine say it's possible there might not be extreme outward signs of pregnancy if the mother is in a vegetative state.
Wednesday - Phoenix - Police - Press - Conference
On Wednesday, Phoenix police said during a press conference that the baby nearly died during birth.
Sgt Tommy Thompson confirmed that the baby was in distress following the birth, but he and his mother are now recovering at a local hospital.
Victim - Birth - December - Hacienda - HealthCare
The victim gave birth on December 29 at Hacienda HealthCare.
She had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning when she delivered the baby boy.
Thompson - Details - Birth - Knowledge - Staff
Thompson said he didn't have many details about the birth, but to his knowledge, staff members of the facility were there when the baby was born, and it was a natural birth.
He wasn't able to confirm if the baby was full term at the time of the birth, but he said the baby boy was 'quite a long ways'.
Staffers - Facility - Pregnancy - Thompson - 'I
When asked if staffers at the facility knew about the pregnancy and failed to report, Thompson said: 'I'm led to believe that this [pregnancy] came to light when the baby was born.'
Thompson said that if staffers did know about the pregnancy,...
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