Arizona woman in vegetative state for decade reportedly gives birth

A woman who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years has given birth.

Hacienda Health Care where a patient gave birth. "So when she went into labor a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed", an unidentified source told the KPHO news channel, an affiliate of CBS News in Phoenix.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth". Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has a family or a guardian. A nurse at the facility delivered the baby, who is alive and healthy.

The 20-year-old comatose patient was being cared for at a Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix after a near-drowning more than 10 years ago.

"She stated she has observed many staff enter a shower room, while a resident was being showered to either get to the adjoining room, or get some supplies (urinals) or dispose of something in the waste containers that are often stored in the shower rooms", the report reads.

"This matter is now under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department", Sergeant Tommy Thompson told Reuters when asked about the media reports.

"Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 50 years, and has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care for our patients".

An official statement from Hacienda Healthcare said that they have only recently become aware of the "deeply disturbing incident" and "will continue to cooperate fully with the law enforcement agencies over the matter".

Phoenix Police is just one of the agencies investigating this case, and now, the mother and the baby boy are being treated at Maricopa Medical Center.

The police have been investigating sexual harassment on a vulnerable patient. Meanwhile, Hacienda Healthcare administrators say they are reviewing their processes and protocol, and making sure every resident is safe and properly cared for. "Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company's leaders and the communities we serve", it added.

The nursing facility houses 74 patients, and the Arizona Department of Health Services sent inspectors to check on the safety of the patients, the paper reported.

A spokesman for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the reports were "deeply troubling" and that the state was re-evaluating its contract and regulatory authority over Hacienda Healthcare to tighten up patient safety measures.

"We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation".

After the incident, the security and safety have been beefed up and now a female person is required to accompany a man entering the room of the woman patient who is in a vegetative state.

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