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Woman in vegetative state who gave birth is tribal member

12 January 2019
Woman in vegetative state who gave birth is tribal member

The Phoenix Police Department served a search warrant to obtain DNA samples from male staff members at Hacienda Healthcare, where a woman in a vegetative state gave birth on December 29, 2018.

Azfamily.com, a news website for television stations KPHO and KTVK, first reported late Thursday that, according to sources not identified by the website, a woman gave birth December 29 living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility where the staff was unaware that she was pregnant. In addition, officials said they have consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for the company to compel its employees to undergo DNA testing through Hacienda, or for the company to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.

In a news release Tuesday, tribe Chairman Terry Rambler said he was "deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members".

INSIDER also reached out to the Phoenix Police Department, and a spokesman said they could not confirm any of the reports about the investigation.

Mr Timmons offered his resignation on Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors.

The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning. As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation.

Tribal officials confirmed the woman was still in a coma when she gave birth.

RAPE PROBE: Hacienda HealthCare has said it is cooperating with police (Pic: ABC 15) "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

Michaels also said the baby boy was born into a loving family, and will be well cared for.

The investigation into a Phoenix, Arizona, nursing facility where a patient gave birth late last month, despite having been in a vegetative state for more than a decade, appears to be ramping up.

The unidentified patient, a 29-year-old Native American woman, has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning incident.

"From what I've been told she was moaning".

The ex-employee, who worked for Hacienda HealthCare for more than ten years, described an alleged incident where female nurses were crowded around a nonverbal male patient inappropriately discussing his genitalia. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.

The facility located near 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue said in a statement last Friday that it had "recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident" but did not provide more information.

In the company's statement Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman promised a full probe into the case.

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website. "Most of the places are senior care", Cesena said.