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

Coma Patient in Phoenix Health Facility Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Every male employee at a private care facility where a patient in a vegetative state gave birth last month is being DNA tested.

His resignation was accepted unanimously by the board of directors.

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.

But the problems pervading the facility won't be solved by firing a single executive.

A lawyer representing the family of a female patient at Hacienda Healthcare who gave birth while in a vegetative state has issued a statement Tuesday night.

According to Global News, the staff at the facility were unaware that the woman, who had been housed there for about 10 years, was pregnant.

Several sources close to the case told Arizona's Family that there is much more to be uncovered about the abuse allegations at this facility.

San Carlos Apache Police Department Chief Alejandro Benally said in the release that the case was in the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and his agency would assist in any way possible.

The mother has been living at Hacienda after suffering from a near-drowning incident left her brain damaged over 14 years ago.




"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", chairman Terry Rambler said. No one knew she was pregnant and healthcare staff were initially unsure why she was moaning, the reports said. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

State officials say they have acted to protect other patients in the wake of the pregnancy.

Parents of patients at Hacienda Healthcare have called this incident "deeply concerning" and are considering moving their children from the facility.

The resident said that "it made him feel uncomfortable", according to records from the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services, People magazine reported.

A female staff member said another female staff member "entered the room and just wanted to talk with [the other staff member]" who was giving the bath.

A spokesman for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the reports were "deeply troubling" and that the state was re-evaluating its contract and regulatory authority over Hacienda Healthcare to tighten up patient safety measures.

He explained the organisation is also conducting a "comprehensive internal review" of Hacienda's process, protocols and people to ensure that every resident is safe and well cared for.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

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