Nursing Facility CEO Resigns After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

Nursing Facility CEO Resigns After Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

Martin Solomon, a personal injury attorney in Phoenix whose clients are mostly adult victims of abuse and neglect, said any lawyer representing the woman should call for all pertinent medical records, a list of current and former employees and any past litigation involving Hacienda.

Police have launched a sexual assault investigation into the incident. At the time, Hacienda Healthcare officials say it cannot comment specifically on the investigation, nor can it comment on the patient in this case, but the provider says it is conducting its own internal investigation, and cooperating with the police investigation.

A female patient in a vegetative state at a Phoenix private care facility who recently gave birth has been identified as a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Her identity has not been reported and it is not known if she has a family or a guardian.

A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant.

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare, said the company would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation". Staff members reportedly hadn't noticed the patient was pregnant until she went into labor.

A spokesperson for Hacienda HealthCare did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment Tuesday.

The facility, which has room for over 50 patients, is now under investigation by police and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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She said no one reported that incident exclusively out of fear, and she believes there's been other abuse throughout the years. They also say she was still in a coma when she gave birth.

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

Hacienda also announced that all male employees would have to have a female employee accompany them when visiting a female patient's room.

Both staffers "have been counseled on privacy during showering residents", and the report added that "all direct care staff" would receive more training in light of the allegations.

In addition to working with police, the state is "re-evaluating 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 governor's office spokesman, said in a statement.

Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse.

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