Facility's CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Coma Patient in Phoenix Health Facility Gives Birth to Baby Boy

A woman who has been kept in a vegetative state for a decade at the Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility gave birth to a baby boy just days after Christmas, and now police are investigating for sexual assault.

A woman whose 22-year-old daughter is a patient at the facility said she refuses to leave her side until the investigation is conclusive.

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

"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her", an unidentified source told CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV.

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. "She is not able to walk or talk yet, but she does understand".

Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately. We are proud of our record and our position as an industry leader in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

He declined to say whether its staff were being asked to undergo DNA testing to identify a possible suspect, or whether the facility was taking any preventative measures to protect patients against a similar situation.

"With that said, we have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident".

Leibowitz added the organisation "stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter".

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.

Hacienda says its hired extra security guards, and male staffers can now only enter patients' rooms with another female employee.



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