Comatose woman who gave birth is a tribal member

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long Term Care Facility

Coma Patient in Phoenix Health Facility Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Police in Phoenix are investigating a sexual assault at a nursing facility after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth.

The company Hacienda HealthCare told the New York Times that the resignation of executive Bill Timmons was approved by the entire board of directors.

Attorney John Micheaels, who confirmed to PEOPLE he has been retained by the women's devastated relatives, revealed the family is "outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare".

But the problems pervading the facility won't be solved by firing a single executive.

A woman in Arizona who has been in a vegetative state in a hospital for over 10 years has given birth to a child.

A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant.

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.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security says in an emailed statement that it had sent a team to check on the health and safety of every person in the facility since the pregnancy and birth were reported, and that it was working with Phoenix police on their investigation.

It came after reports that the woman, who was left in the vegetative state after a near-drowning incident, was sexually assaulted a couple of times.

The patient has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, since a near-drowning incident, KPHO noted. When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said.

Hacienda Healthcare is cooperating fully with the police investigation, spokesperson David Leibowitz told the media.

It wasn't until she started to moan and they attempted to find out what was wrong that they discovered she was pregnant and in labour. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

Parents of patients at Hacienda Healthcare have called this incident "deeply concerning" and are considering moving their children from the facility.

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

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. But one complaint from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients two months earlier.

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