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Baby Faith now breathing on her own; outlook uncertain
HOUSTON - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned a two-month old girl who is the victim of what doctors at Texas Children's Hospital call the worst case of child abuse they've seen is now breathing on her own, although her outlook is uncertain, according to a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.
A relative brought Faith Mason to a Port Arthur hospital in August. She was flown by medical helicopter to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services tells KFDM News the little girl is in a body cast recovering from 19 broken bones, including a broken bone in her spine, a broken bone in her neck, a fractured thigh bone, broken ribs and other fractures. Doctors have told investigators they believe the abuse was ongoing from just about the day the baby was born.
Pulliam says doctors removed Mason from her ventilator Friday morning in order to perform an MRI. They left it off and she was able to breathe on her own, something doctors didn't expect, according to Pulliam. Faith will no longer be on a ventilator.
Pulliam cautions the left side of the child's brain is "totally traumatized" and doctors are waiting to see what activity there is on the right side.
"We don't know about her quality of life," Pulliam told KFDM News. "There can be a lot of complications. She's totally sedated and her fractures are healing. Doctors are feeding her through a feeding tube."
Faith turned two months old Friday.
A judge has ordered the girl's family to have no contact with her. CPS, doctors and nurses are caring for her.
"She's well taken care of," said Pulliam. "Everyone has fallen in love with her."
Port Arthur Police haven't filed charges or made any arrests. The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office is working with investigators on the case.
During a court hearing several weeks ago, an investigator with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the mother admitted shaking Faith Mason and that the baby hit her head while she was being rocked.
The investigator said the mother also told her that the father accidentally kicked the baby while the father was asleep.