Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

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

Phoenix Police served a DNA warrant on all male employees of Hacienda Healthcare in their hunt for the father of a boy born last month to a 29-year-old Apache woman in a vegetative state.

"None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth", an unnamed source told CBS News affiliate KTVK.

He says the family is aware of the intense public interest in the case but is not prepared emotionally to speak about it.

In addition, the Arizona Department of Economic Security conducted a health and wellbeing check on every patient at the facility and is cooperating with the police investigation.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", he said.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

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.

A male patient complained Hacienda HealthCare staff walked in on him while he was trying to shower with assistance in December 2017.

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

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She had been left in a vegetative state (awake but with no signs of awareness) for over 10 years after nearly drowning.

The chief executive of the company which cared for a Phoenix woman who gave birth despite having been in a vegetative state for 10 years has resigned.

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally says Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator".

The birth at Hacienda de Los Angeles, a Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix took staff members by surprise.

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare, said the company would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

At this time, the patient's pregnancy remains under investigation.

Govenor Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

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

"From what I've been told she was moaning".

The Arizona Department of health services has also released a statement, saying that they are working with the Phoenix Police.

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