Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning.

A woman who worked at Hacienda in a management position for more than a decade told CBS 5 she believes the baby, a boy, is alive and healthy.

The incident reportedly occurred at a Phoenix nursing facility, Hacienda HealthCare in the American state of Arizona, according to the RT News.

It has been revealed the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation is in south-eastern Arizona.

Hacienda board executive vice president Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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Police have declined to comment on the investigation.

A Hacienda HealthCare spokesman said the organisation was co-operating with authorities.

"He said: "'Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors.

The office of Arizona's governor has described the situation as "deeply troubling". "We are 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".

The sudden birth of a baby boy to a woman who had spent the last 14 years in a deep coma has sparked a sex abuse investigation.

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The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website.

A lawyer for the woman's family released a statement Tuesday saying the family was outraged at the "neglect of their daughter" and they asked for privacy.

"During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility, including increased staff presence during patient interactions; increased monitoring of the patient care areas; and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility", Arizona Department of Health Services spokesperson Melissa Blasius-Nuanez told Refinery29.com Friday. 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. "And we knew not to mess with that temper because people got fired".

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse.

"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her".

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"I think when you've had somebody who's had multiple allegations from different parties, there has to be some way to track that", McFadden said.

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