Woman in vegetative state who gave birth was 'raped several times'

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 11, 2019

The Hacienda HealthCare facility in Pheonix, Ariz., is under fire after one of its patients, who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade, gave birth on December 29.

The incident reportedly occurred at a Phoenix nursing facility, Hacienda HealthCare in the American state of Arizona, according to the RT News.

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. The Arizona Department of Economic Security has since conducted a health and well-being check on all other patients at the facility.

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.

Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons stepped down Monday, spokesman David Leibowitz said.

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

Gov. Doug Ducey's office released a statement saying the reports are "deeply troubling".

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally said Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator" and his department will assist "in any way possible".

A high-ranking executive in the company said that they would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization".

The woman said staff were told by Mr Timmons not to report the incident to the Department of Child Safety.

A source told CBS 5 reporter Briana Whitney that Phoenix Police can't force any of the workers to give a DNA sample "right now", but they may be able to get warrants to make any workers who refuse to give a sample submit one. That employee was later fired.

The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.

The former caregiver, who asked to remain anonymous, said the patient couldn't walk or communicate in any way. 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. "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

Jon Meyers, executive director of The Arc of Arizona, an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, called the allegations "disturbing, to put it mildly".

"I can't believe that somebody would bathe her daily for nine months and never know that she wasn't having a period, that she [was] growing in her midsection, that nurses weren't keeping track" of her weight, the person said.

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

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