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US NewsIn a vegetative state for years, she gave birth. Now families wonder if there are other victims.

06:05  07 january  2019
06:05  07 january  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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“Yes,” she said. Investigators from multiple agencies are saying next to nothing about the case, but at some point last spring or summer, someone sexually assaulted the woman who was in a persistent vegetative state and she became pregnant. Hacienda HealthCare spokeswoman Nancy Salmon

The alleged victim has been a patient at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for at least a decade after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state “Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 50 years , and has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care

In a vegetative state for years, she gave birth. Now families wonder if there are other victims. © sudok1/iStock (iStock)

A near-drowning had left the woman in a persistent vegetative state for nearly a decade.

Her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. So when she went into labor a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed.

“From what I’ve been told, she was moaning,” an unidentified source told Phoenix CBS affiliate KPHO. “And they didn’t know what was wrong with her. … None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth."

On Dec. 29, with help from one of the facility’s nurses, the patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy, KPHO reported.

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The unnamed woman gave birth at the Hacienda Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix A woman who has been in a vegetative state for at least 14 years gave birth at this care facility in A source familiar with what happened who asked to remain anonymous told Arizona's Family that

Sources tell KPHO that the alleged victim has been a patient at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for at least a decade after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative “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 — and the sexual assault of a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it — has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix’s medically fragile.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case. A police report and 911 calls were also not available Saturday. Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2,500 people a year in Arizona, according to its website, did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment.

But amid the firestorm that has engulfed it in the first week of the new year, the organization has released two statements, vowing to determine what happened.

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A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private health care facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth recently, triggering a police According to some reports, the woman was a victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago. Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's

A woman who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years due to a near drowning incident, gave birth to a baby, AZ Family reports. 29. AZ Family ’s source revealed that no one at the facility was even aware that the woman was pregnant until she was giving birth .

“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.

In a vegetative state for years, she gave birth. Now families wonder if there are other victims. © PA File photo dated 05/09/10 of a pregnant woman.

The statement added that Hacienda is “already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”

No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, and it’s unclear whether police have identified any suspects. In Arizona, sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult is a felony.

Karina Cesena told Phoenix independent news station KTVK that she is sleeping in her 22-year-old daughter’s room at the facility until the assailant is found.

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A US woman has been in a vegetative state for over 10 years . Last week, she gave birth . It is understood the woman, who has not been identified, was the victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago. Reports said she was heard to be moaning and the baby’s head was starting to emerge

A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private health care facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth recently, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state According to some reports, the woman was a victim of a near-drowning more than 10 years ago.

Cesena’s daughter has a traumatic brain injury that causes hundreds of seizures a day.

“I do not know if my daughter was victimized, but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no," Cesena told the news station. "She is not able to walk or talk yet, but she does understand.”

About Hacienda HealthCare, Cesena said: “Trust has been broken. Trust has definitely been broken.”

Other family members of patients told the news station that they’d noticed more security guards and a new protocol requiring male staffers to be accompanied by female staffers if they go into a female patient’s room.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released a statement saying the reports are “deeply troubling.”

In addition to working with police, the state is “reevaluating the state’s contract and regulatory authority as it relates to this facility and have been working closely with state agencies to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place,” Patrick Ptak, a spokesman for the governor, said in a statement.

The state’s 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.

Hacienda HealthCare was founded five decades ago. Then, it was called Hacienda de los Angeles, or “the dwelling of the angels.” Hacienda HealthCare over time became the umbrella for several programs in the Phoenix area that treat chronically ill infants, children and adults.

There have been reports of patient mistreatment. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made “inappropriate, sexual statements” about four clients. The staff member remarked that one client with intellectual disabilities had been placed in a sexual position. The worker had also been observed watching clients touch themselves. The alleged incidents weren’t reported to the facility’s administrators until a month after they occurred.

That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility “failed to ensure clients . . . were treated with dignity.”

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