Arizona woman in vegetative state gives birth, prompting sex abuse investigation

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    Authorities in Arizona are investigating a possible rape at a Phoenix-based nursing home after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth to a child.

    Sources tell KPHO that the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare patient survived a near-drowning incident nearly a decade ago.

    On Dec. 29, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

    "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth," a source familiar with the situation stated.

    When asked how staff members discovered the woman was going into labor, the source stated the woman was moaning and, at first, staff did not understand what was wrong with the woman. The patient reportedly required round-the-clock care and many staff members had access to her room.

    "From what I've been told, she was moaning. And they didn't know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I heard she's the one that delivered the baby," stated the source.

    Hacienda HealthCare spokeswoman Nancy Salmon released the following statement in regard to the case:

    "Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 50 years, and has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care for our patients. As a Healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to Federal and State privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on any ongoing investigations. We can say that our patients and clients health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way."

    The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement:

    "We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. Upon learning of the allegation, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations. 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."

    Phoenix Police are continuing to investigate this case.

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