Clinic boss quits after patient in vegetative state gives birth

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.							Getty Images

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case. Getty Images

However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.

The incident also prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign yesterday, after the incident put a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

"Today, Phoenix Police investigators served a search warrant to obtain DNA from male Hacienda HealthCare staffers".

DISTURBING DETAILS: "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth".

Earlier on Tuesday, the patient, who has been receiving treatment at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, was identified as a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona.

On Friday, KPHO-TV reported claims from sources that a woman in the facility who had been in a vegetative state after almost drowning more than a decade ago had given birth to a baby boy in December.

The family of the Arizona woman who gave birth to a baby boy last month, despite being in a vegetative state for a decade, is still coming to grips with how their daughter's trust was violated.

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They declined further comment on Tuesday.

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.

A spokesman for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the reports were "deeply troubling" and that the state was re-evaluating its contract and regulatory authority over Hacienda Healthcare to tighten up patient safety measures.

"During this time, the 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", said a spokesperson for the department.

Orman said in the statement that Hacienda "will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible". Then, it was called Hacienda de los Angeles, or "the dwelling of the angels". For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. The employee was sacked.

"There's a lot of information we do not have, but things like this don't happen without someone either knowing about it or should have known about it", Solomon said.

The baby was delivered healthy, a source told Arizona's Family. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said.

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