Woman in Vegetative State for Last 14 Years Gives Birth

Leroy Wright
January 11, 2019

Officials with Hacienda Healthcare have issued a statement, amidst mounting controversy over a female patient in vegetative state who gave birth recently.

Police in Arizona served a search warrant on Tuesday to collect DNA from male staffers at long-term care facility where a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state. "While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

Phoenix attorney John Micheaels said in a statement Tuesday that the woman's family is outraged by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at the Hacienda HealthCare facility, AZ Family reported.

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation.

The investigation into a Phoenix, Arizona, nursing facility where a patient gave birth late last month, despite having been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, appears to be ramping up.

Bill Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors.

It is "already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible".

A woman in a vegetative state gave birth on December 29, 2018, in a Hacienda facility, prompting a sexual assault investigation.

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Gov. Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, an agency that regulates health-care facilities in the state, the 60-bed Hacienda facility was required to tighten security procedures to protect patients in wake of the report.

"In a statement, board member Gary Orman said: "[We] will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

She demands 24-hour care, indicating that numerous facility's staff would have access to her room, as she is incapable of any communication or voluntary movement.

A lot of them involve fire drill and evacuation preparation or Medicaid eligibility. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. That employee was later fired.

Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona on a January 4, 2019.

The woman, who also asked to remain anonymous, says she was shocked when she learned of the pregnancy last week. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said.

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