Healthcare facility’s CEO resigns after woman in coma for decade gives birth

Hacienda Healthcare

San Carlos Apache officials announced Tuesday night that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona about 134 miles east of Phoenix.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post an investigation has been opened into the case.

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

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".

In addition, the Arizona Department of Economic Security conducted a health and wellbeing check on every patient at the facility and is cooperating with the police investigation.

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"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", David Leibowitz, spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare, said in a statement to the Washington Post.

The CEO of a nursing facility in Phoenix, Arizona, where a patient in a vegetative state reportedly gave birth in December has resigned. "And they didn't know what was wrong with her. ..." 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.

Staff at the private health facility were not aware that she was pregnant and were initially surprised when she began moaning during the beginning of her labour, according to Reuters.

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.

Govenor Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

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Family members of other patients fear there may be more victims at Hacienda HealthCare, which has a history of patient mistreatment. Arizona Department of Health Services found that in 2013 a male employee at the facility was making inappropriate sexual comments about patients bodies and was subsequently fired, and in 2017 the facility was reported for not offering privacy for patients while showering.

Cesana is working to move her daughter out of the facility, which serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities.

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

"Federal and state laws guarantee certain basic rights to all residents of this facility and they include the right to a dignified existence and to be treated with dignity", a report issued at the time read.

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