Ex-Manager Speaks out After Arizona Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long Term Care Facility

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long Term Care Facility

Micheaels also gave an update on the newborn writing, "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

The family obviously is outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.

Staff at the facility in Phoenix, Arizona were apparently unaware that the patient - who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade - was pregnant before she had a baby boy.

Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's CEO, quit his position Monday "effective immediately", spokesman David Leibowitz said in a statement to AZFamily.

The New York Times and NBC News reported that the Phoenix Police Department had opened an investigation into allegations involving the facility but the agency would not discuss the details of the case or how long they had been looking into it.

Family members of other patients fear there may be more victims at Hacienda HealthCare, which has a history of patient mistreatment.

"No. None whatsoever. Not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant", claimed the source.

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.

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

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

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"We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees", Orman said.

"I saw people disappear and never come back", she said.

She said no one reported that incident exclusively out of fear, and she believes there's been other abuse throughout the years.

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

A female staff member said another female staff member "entered the room and just wanted to talk with [the other staff member]" who was giving the bath.

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

He declined to say whether its staff were being asked to undergo DNA testing to identify a possible suspect, or whether the facility was taking any preventative measures to protect patients against a similar situation.

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to its website.

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

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