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

Henrietta Strickland
January 8, 2019

At the time, Hacienda Healthcare officials say it cannot comment specifically on the investigation, nor can it comment on the patient in this case, but the provider says it is conducting its own internal investigation, and cooperating with the police investigation.

"From what I've been told, she was moaning", a source told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO.

A woman whose 22-year-old daughter is a patient at the facility said she refuses to leave her side until the investigation is conclusive.

"Trust has been broken. Trust has definitely been broken", Cesena said of the Hacienda facility.

"My heart hurts, my chest hurts".

A woman who has been kept in a vegetative state for a decade at the Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility gave birth to a baby boy just days after Christmas, and now police are investigating for sexual assault.

On December 29, a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled gave birth to a baby boy, reports CBS.

The woman was injured in a drowning incident over ten years ago and has been in a vegetative state since.

Reports state that the staff did not know the woman was pregnant until she was giving birth, but sources tell KNXV this may not be true.

Since the allegations surfaced, the state agency has "required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility", according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

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

Karina Cesena/Parent of Hacienda HealthCare Patient: "We don't understand why something of this magnitude could happen, and then now everybody wants to be quiet about it", says Karina Cesena, another parent of a Hacienda HealthCare patient.

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

Now at the health center, more security guards are present and a new protocol requiring male staffers to be accompanied by female staffers if they go into a female patient's room has been put into place.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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