Medical examiner says no sign of anesthesia used in gruesome C-section

Published: Sep. 24, 2018 at 1:10 PM CDT
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Day 5 of William Hoehn's trial resumed this morning with testimony from two medical examiners. Hoehn is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Savanna Greywind, who was 8-months-pregnant at the time.

The first to testify was Dr. Victor Froloff, with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in St. Paul, Minn. He told jurors there was a “sharp-force injury” to her abdomen, where an “out-of-hospital” C-section was performed.

Dr. Froloff testified that there was no sign of anesthesia administered to the 22-year-old when her newborn was cut from her body.

"I can tell you, if somebody tried to cut my abdomen, I'd be screaming. Doesn't matter my condition. That's painful, yes," Dr. Froloff said.

Dr. Froloff says Savanna’s placenta was still enlarged when he examined her. He also says that the umbilical cord was cut incorrectly after birth, and there were ‘small, superficial’ cuts on her uterus.

Dr. Froloff also said that none of Savanna’s neck bones were completely fractured by the rope that was found around her neck, but that doesn’t rule out asphyxiation or strangulation as a factor in her death.

Dr. Froloff called what happened to Savanna 'homicidal violence' and continuously called it a 'very unusual' case. However, he said that her cause of death could be either ligature around her neck or sharp force trauma to her abdomen. He does not know which proceeded the other.

The defense then called their own hired forensic pathologist to the stand, Dr. Brad Randall.

He testified that someone would 'most often' die from blood loss within 30 minutes. This, despite Dr. Froloff testifying that every person is different in the amount of time it would take.

Court resumes at 1:30 this afternoon.