Sexual abuse probe launched as woman in vegetative state for 10 years gives birth at healthcare facility
The patient, who has not been identified, was admitted to the medical facility after she nearly drowned ten years ago and was left in a permanent vegetative state
Police officials in Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation after a woman in a permanent vegetative state at a healthcare facility in Phoenix, Arizona reportedly gave birth. Reports state that the staff at Hacienda HealthCare had been giving the female patient round the clock care, according to AZ Family reports.
The patient, who has not been identified, was admitted to the medical facility after she nearly drowned ten years ago. According to the sources close to the healthcare facility, the patient gave birth to the child on December 29 and the infant is believed to be alive and healthy.
"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth," a source said. The staff became aware of the delivery when they heard the woman moaning right before she gave birth to the child.
"From what I’ve been told, she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I’ve heard, she’s the one that delivered the baby," the source told AZ Family.
The incident has reportedly resulted in a new rule at the institution where a male staff member wanting to enter the room of a female patient must be accompanied by a female staff member of the facility.
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Hacienda HealthCare issued a statement to AZ Family and said that the facility has been in business in the region for more than 50 years and "has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care for patients."
"As a healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to Federal and State privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on any ongoing investigations. We can say that our patients and clients health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way," the statement from the hospital added.
The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement that read: "We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. Upon learning of the allegation, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations.
"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."