Health Facility CEO Resigns After Woman In Vegetative State Raped Multiple Times

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Woman in vegetative state gives birth at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix

Staff at the facility in Phoenix, Arizona were apparently unaware that the patient - who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade - was pregnant before she had a baby boy.

"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", Orman said.

That woman gave birth to a baby boy on December 29.

The woman has not been named but she's been described as a 29-year-old Native American woman who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after almost drowning. And in another case Arizona DHS investigated in 2013, a staffer was sacked for making inappropriate sexual comments about multiple patients.

Following news of a woman in a vegetative state giving birth, families of patients at Hacienda HealthCare are demanding answers.

"Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors". According to the local station's unidentified source, the facility staff had no idea the patient was pregnant until she began moaning as she went into labor.

Melissa Blasius-Nuanez with the Arizona Department of Health Services said in a statement that the agency is aware of the situation and is working with law enforcement in its criminal investigation.

Governor Doug Ducey's office issued a statement Friday afternoon, almost 24 hours after Arizona's Family first broke the story.

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department said in the press release that "this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department". The child is being cared for by the woman's family.

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".

The Arizona Department of Health Service and the Arizona Department of Economic security have also released statements and both organisations are conducting investigations into the incident and conditions at the facility.

Richardson says even if police need to keep parts of the investigation confidential, they should tell the public that.

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said. "And they didn't know what was wrong with her", they added.

She said: "I was scared".

"We don't know who this person is yet".

"Our nation is very much in denial about how widespread the problem of sexual abuse is - especially when you have a population that does not fit the mainstream criteria as a sexual being", Kristen Houser, spokesperson for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, told Vox. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", Angela Gomez, a Hacienda patient's mother, said.

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