Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facility

Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facility

Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facility

Several sources close to the case told Arizona's Family that there is much more to be uncovered about the abuse allegations at this facility.

In a statement Tuesday night, tribal officials say the 29-year-old woman has been in vegetative state and coma for more than a decade.

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation.

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

The San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona has confirmed the woman is a member of their tribe, according to a press release obtained by Fox 10, 12 News and ABC News.

The facility, which has room for over 50 patients, is now under investigation by police and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Hacienda spokesman David Leibowitz said the facility had recently become aware of a "deeply disturbing incident" involving one of its residents.

Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

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In the statement, Gary Orman, Executive Vice President of the board for Hacienda Healthcare, vowed that the organization "will accept nothing less than a full accounting" of the incident.

The woman said not one person reported the incident out of fear, adding that it is likely other forms of abuse took place over the years. "Not Hacienda, '" said a woman who worked as a manager at the firm for about a decade, reported AZFamily on January 8. "While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

Hacienda HealthCare, which tends to medically fragile children and young adults in Arizona has an admirable motto: "In special lives, we make a difference".

The facility received a "below average" health inspection rating in 2017, according to the Medicare website.

One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

There is also "increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility". the health department said.

That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility "failed to ensure clients. were treated with dignity".

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