Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facility

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Parents of patients at the Phoenix health care facility say they want answers.

And so a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed when she went into labour. Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has family or a guardian.

Staff at Hacienda HealthCare were not even aware of the fact that the woman was pregnant "until she was pretty much-giving birth", a source told KPHO.

On December 29, a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled gave birth to a baby boy, reports CBS.

Police are continuing a criminal investigation into the scandal.

According to police in Phoenix, the case is being investigated as a possible sexual assault.

But amid the firestorm that has engulfed it in the first week of the new year, the organization has released two statements, vowing to determine what happened. Employees did not know that the patient was pregnant. "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve", the statement continued.

Police have made no arrests so far and it remains unclear if they have identified any suspects yet in their investigation.

Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's CEO, quit his position Monday "effective immediately", spokesman David Leibowitz said in a statement to AZFamily. Heightened patient safety measures were put in place. Hacienda was given a year to fix the "defects" in staff training and staff treatment of patients or be removed from the Medicare roster. Then, it was called Hacienda de los Angeles, or "the dwelling of the angels". Under his leadership, Hacienda added over three dozen programs to provide medical and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants, children and young adults as well as individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities.

But there have been reports of patient mistreatment. In 2013, a male employee was found to have made sexually explicit remarks to patients, though no physical or sexual abuse allegations were made and the employee was sacked.

A woman whose 22-year-old daughter is a patient at the facility said she refuses to leave her side until the investigation is conclusive. The worker also watched clients in the facility touch themselves.



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