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

09 January 2019
Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

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.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.

The woman at the center of the sexual assault investigation has been identified as a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

Phoenix police are now conducting a sexual assault investigation.

Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2,500 people a year in Arizona, said in a statement Monday that the company's CEO, Bill Timmons, has resigned.

The Hacienda HealthCare facility in Pheonix, Ariz., is under fire after one of its patients, who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade, gave birth on December 29. Staff members reportedly hadn't noticed the patient was pregnant until she went into labor.

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA samples from all male staffers. They also say she was still in a coma when she gave birth. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

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

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department".

Martin Solomon, a personal injury attorney in Phoenix whose clients are mostly vulnerable adult victims of abuse and neglect, said a lawyer representing this woman should call for all pertinent medical records, a list of current and ex-employees and any past litigation involving Hacienda.

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

"Federal and state laws guarantee certain basic rights to all residents of this facility and they include the right to a dignified existence and to be treated with dignity", a report issued at the time read.