DNA samples taken after woman in coma for 10 years gives birth

DNA samples taken after woman in coma for 10 years gives birth

DNA samples taken after woman in coma for 10 years gives birth

A 29-year-old Native woman in a vegetative state who has given birth last month at the Phoenix-based medical facility Hacienda Healthcare has been confirmed by the San Carlos Apache Tribe to be an enrolled member.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded on December 29 to a call of an infant who had been delivered at a long-term care facility in the area of 16th Street and South Mountain Avenue.

The mother, who has been in a vegetative state for 14 years after a near-drowning, was "unable to move [and] unable to communicate, in other words, she was helpless and incapacitated", according to Thompson.

"As a company, we welcome this development in the ongoing police investigation", Hacienda Healthcare said in a statement obtained by KPHO-TV.

The lawyer for the family of a 29-year-old Native American woman who has been in "a completely vulnerable state" after almost drowning over a decade ago said Tuesday that "the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", Arizona Family reported.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

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Police have requested DNA samples from men working at a home where a patient in a vegetative state was raped and later had a baby.

CNN is not reporting the woman's name because she is the victim of sexual abuse.

"She was not in a position to give consent to any of this", police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.

Tribe chairman Terry Rambler spoke on behalf of the tribe in saying he was "deeply shocked and horrified".

He also said that anyone who knew about the pregnancy but failed to report it could face charges.

'When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers. Phoenix police so far not commented, the AP reported.

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Let's hope the authorities catch the perpetrator so that justice can be served. A source told AZFamily.com the staff only learned the patient was pregnant when she began to moan - an indication she was going into labor.

Executive Vice President Gary Orman said in the statement that the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation, an unprecedented case that has devastated everyone involved". "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, its website says.

The department of health ordered Hacienda to implement "heightened safety measures", spokeswoman Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said.

"I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered", Meyers said.

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