Woman in Vegetative State for Last 14 Years Gives Birth

Spencer Underwood
January 10, 2019

She demands 24-hour care, indicating that numerous facility's staff would have access to her room, as she is incapable of any communication or voluntary movement. They declined further comment on Tuesday.

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

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. "I haven't been able to sleep well at night because of what occurred here", a mother, Angela Gomez, told CBS.

RAPE PROBE: Hacienda HealthCare has said it is cooperating with police (Pic: ABC 15) "Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

She is a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation is 134 miles east of Phoenix, the AP said. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

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 facility were aware of her pregnancy until the birth.

Calling her case an "absolutely horrifying situation", Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in a statement that the "unprecedented case. has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".


Last week the state's department of economic security sent investigators to the facility for health and safety checks. Last year, NPR reported that Americans with intellectual disability are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than those without disabilities. In addition, officials said they have consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for the company to compel its employees to undergo DNA testing through Hacienda, or for the company to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers.

Phoenix police are investigating the case of a woman who gave birth after years of being in a vegetative state.

The Arizona department of health services has said new safety measures have been implemented. Then, it was called Hacienda de los Angeles, or "the dwelling of the angels".

A Hacienda Healthcare spokesperson told AZ Family that it has been in business for over 50 years and has "an outstanding reputation". Hacienda HealthCare over time became the umbrella for several programs in the Phoenix area that treat chronically ill infants, children and adults.

The woman has been a resident of Hacienda HealthCare in central Phoenix for more than a decade after a near-drowning.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients. Nobody relayed the incidents to an administrator.

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