Facility's CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning. In Arizona, sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult is a felony. He did not respond to INSIDER's request for comment.

Staff at the private health facility were not aware that she was pregnant and were initially surprised when she began moaning during the beginning of her labour, according to Reuters.

Police are rounding up the DNA of all male employees of the Arizona healthcare facility where an Apache woman who spent the last 14 years in a vegetative state recently gave birth to a healthy boy.

Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. INSIDER was not able to independently verify the person's employment at Hacienda.

It would be the police who would lead DNA testing to figure out who fathered the baby, Solomon said, adding that it would be hard for Hacienda to escape liability.

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

She said: "The poor guy was just laying (sic) there". The incident is being investigated as a sexual assault.

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"I can't believe it at all".

"Too many entrances, too many opportunities".

"I wasn't there. I clearly don't have firsthand knowledge of what happened", Meyers said.

Thompson would not say whether people who visited the facility have also given DNA samples.

"My heart stopped when I heard the news from my daughter".

"Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her".

A Hacienda HealthCare spokesman said the organisation was co-operating with authorities. "He couldn't communicate, he couldn't defend himself", she recalled to CBS 5. The child is being cared for by the woman's family.

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"How were they alerted to the fact that she was going into labor?" asked reporter Briana Whitney. He only became the facility's president on January 1, the Arizona Republic reported.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the company said.

He explained the organisation is also conducting a "comprehensive internal review" of Hacienda's process, protocols and people to ensure that every resident is safe and well cared for. "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve".

The document also states "it made him feel uncomfortable".

The Arizona department of health services has said new safety measures have been implemented.

The New York Times and NBC News reported that the Phoenix Police Department had opened an investigation into allegations involving the facility but the agency would not discuss the details of the case or how long they had been looking into it.

"Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately", a Tuesday statement from the facility to HuffPost reads.

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