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

Desiree Burns
January 8, 2019

"Trust has been broken and severed completely".

"From what I've been told, she was moaning", an unidentified source told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO.

Famous nursing facility Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona has come under serious scrutiny after a female patient, who had been in a coma for 14 years, gave birth on 29 December.

Police are now investigating the case as a potential sexual assault with an anonymous source telling the outlet that staff at the facility did not know the woman was pregnant.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Tommy Thompson, said the "the matter is under investigation". Additionally, the alleged incidents weren't reported for a month.

Parents of patients at Hacienda Healthcare have called this incident "deeply concerning" and are considering moving their children from the facility. However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.

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The facility provides intermediate care for patients with intellectual disabilities.

In the statement, DHS spokesperson Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said the agency immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to "ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations".

A high-ranking executive in the company said that they would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security.

Another statement said Hacienda 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".

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