Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

Woman in vegetative state for decade reportedly gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

The woman, being in a vegetative state, has no means of defending herself or even letting people know she was pregnant.

The woman, a patient at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix, reportedly went into labour and had a baby boy on 29 December. It is also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

"How were they alerted to the fact that she was going into labor?" asked reporter Briana Whitney.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", Angela Gomez, a Hacienda patient's mother, said. The caregiver was also incensed at the facility's staff, who she says should have noticed her gaining weight or missing periods. One of them includes not allowing male employees in rooms without a female supervisor.

According to AZ Family, the woman has been a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix since nearly drowning 14 years ago has left her in an unresponsive state.

Hacienda chief executive Bill Timmons has also resigned amid the scandal.

Hacienda, a healthcare provider for "medically fragile and chronically ill" children and young adults, according to its website, said it welcomed the investigation. Additionally, we can not comment on any ongoing investigations. "And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees".

Police have declined to comment on the investigation.

The department of health ordered Hacienda to implement "heightened safety measures", spokeswoman Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security released this statement.

It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said, adding that it would be hard for Hacienda to escape liability. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

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Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

But Cesena says neither she nor the other parents' families have been given any details about what those extra security procedures are.

But there have been reports of patient mistreatment.

A Hacienda spokesperson said the facility was assisting with law enforcement and regulatory agencies on the "unprecedented matter" as well as reviewing its own "processes, protocols, and people".

In December 2013, the Arizona Department of Health Services conducted an investigation after a formal complaint was made. Hacienda was given a year to fix the "defects" in staff training and staff treatment of patients or be removed from the Medicare roster.

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