Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

Healthcare Facility Chief Quits After Woman in Coma Gives Birth

New details are emerging about the investigation into a Phoenix, Arizona, nursing facility where a woman - who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade - gave birth to a baby late last month.

According to local reports, investigators are hoping to get DNA samples from staff, and are looking into the possibility that the victim, described by CBS affiliate Arizona's Family as a 29-year-old Native American woman, was assaulted repeatedly.

In a statement, the company said: "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation".

Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's CEO and president, resigned yesterday after a report that the woman was sexually attacked at one of his facilities in Arizona.

A near-drowning had left the woman in a persistent vegetative state for almost a decade. INSIDER also reached out to the Phoenix Police Department, and a spokesman said they could not confirm any of the reports about the investigation.

A woman who gave birth in a vegetative state was reportedly raped several times.

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In a statement released to PEOPLE on Friday, Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz said the organisation, which runs the facility, was cooperating with authorities, but declined to divulge the exact nature of the underlying incident.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth", a source familiar with the situation said.

The birth has triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

Alejandro Benally, chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department, said that the matter is under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and that his department would assist the department in any way possible.

A Hacienda board member says the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

"The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare", said John Micheaels, who represents the family of the woman, according to the New York Times.

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The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security.

The council recently formed a task force to look at how to improve training for health care workers when it comes to identifying and reporting sexual abuse.

"Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".

"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her". "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said.

"What do we know about the baby?" asked Whitney. "We really need a lot of work in this area".

"I wasn't there", Meyers said.

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