Friday, 18 January, 2019

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Hacienda Healthcare Coma Patient in Phoenix Health Facility Gives Birth to Baby Boy
Melissa Porter | 08 January, 2019, 22:58

Hacienda HealthCare operates the long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled where the woman gave birth on December 29 to a baby boy, according to earlier reporting by KPHO, which also revealed that the Native American woman has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning.

Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has a family or a guardian.

A Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Tommy Thompson, said the "the matter is under investigation".

Hacienda HealthCare is a private company with 40 programs serving 4,500 patients a year, the majority of whom are children and young adults.

In a statement, the facility said, "we have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident". Employees did not know that the patient was pregnant.

In its statement Monday, Hacienda Healthcare said it was continuing to cooperate with the police investigation.

At this time, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made. Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care.

In a statement, Gary Orman, the executive vice president of the board, said Hacienda HealthCare "will 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", according to the news station.

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.

A mother of another patient at the facility posted a sign to her daughter's door saying that no men, including staffers, are allowed in until the police find the rapist. That staff member was sacked.

Hacienda HealthCare was founded five decades ago. The outlet attributed its report to a single unnamed source who reportedly had been told about the incident.

That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility "failed to ensure clients. were treated with dignity".