Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

Phoenix police are collecting DNA evidence from all male employees of Hacienda HealthCare, where a patient in a vegetative state gave birth to a child December 29.

Hacienda HealthCare confirmed the search warrant for DNA samples Tuesday evening.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

The 29-year-old woman, who's been comatose for more than a decade, gave birth to a baby boy at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix on December 29, sparking allegations of sexual abuse and concerns about patient safety. The Arizona Department of Economic Security has since conducted a health and well-being check on all other patients at the facility.

Karina Cesena has barely left her daughter's room at a private health-care facility in Phoenix since she learned that a another patient there in a vegetative state had given birth.

Mr Timmons offered his resignation on Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors. It's also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

The birth has prompted a sexual abuse investigation at the nursing facility, The Mirror reports.

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


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A Hacienda board member says the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

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

The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement.

"The Department has been made aware of these allegations and we continue to work fully with the Phoenix Police Department in their ongoing investigation".

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said.

"I know Chief Jeri Williams and the Phoenix PD officers will do all they can to find the perpetrator", he said. The caregiver was also incensed at the facility's staff, who she says should have noticed her gaining weight or missing periods. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said.

"I can't believe that somebody would bathe her daily for nine months and never know that she wasn't having a period, that she [was] growing in her midsection, that nurses weren't keeping track" of her weight, the person said.

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