Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", the company stated in the release, reported the Arizona Republic.

No information about the condition of the mother or baby has been made available.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the statement continued.

Police have launched a sexual assault investigation into the incident.

The facility is now under criminal investigation after a woman went into labor in her bed and delivered a healthy baby boy on December 29, 2018 at the care facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

Hacienda staff reportedly had no idea anything was out of the ordinary until she began moaning.

A male patient also complained several staff members walked in on him while he was naked and showering with the assistance of a female member of staff in December 2017, according to records from the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a news release Tuesday, tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said he was "deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members". Her life is split between her bedroom and another room where she's taken by wheelchair to spend her days, the woman told ABC 15. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

"They added: "[She had no way to defend herself].

"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said.

The birth triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

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. The sources told the local TV station that the woman had a "bump" and they are trying to determine whether anyone at the facility knew about the pregnancy and either didn't report it or actively covered it up.

One of them includes not allowing male employees in rooms without a female supervisor. According to agency documents, Hacienda HealthCare later corrected facility "deficiencies" that contributed to the incident.

The caregiver told the outlet that the staff at the facility are pretty much the only human contact the patient has, as her family only visits once every few months.

Hacienda describes itself as Arizona's "leading provider of specialised health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

Tribal officials confirmed the woman was still in a coma when she gave birth. Like the Native American woman, some patients have been there for 10 years or longer, even decades.

Related:

Comments