Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facility

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long Term Care Facility

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long Term Care Facility

Karina Cesena, the mother of the victim, is now sleeping by her 22-year-old daughter's bedside until the attacker is arrested, reported KTVK. "She is not able to walk or talk yet, but she does understand".

Of the facility, Cesena said, "Trust has been broken".

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.

"My heart hurts, my chest hurts".

Police in Phoenix are investigating a sexual assault at a nursing facility after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth.

According to NBC News, a Phoenix woman, who is unable to move or speak, gave birth to a baby boy on December 29, at the Hacienda HealthCare facility.

The outlet also reported that the patient has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade after almost drowning. No one knew she was pregnant and healthcare staff were initially unsure why she was moaning, the reports said.

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Since the allegations surfaced, the state 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", according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

Hacienda Healthcare is cooperating fully with the police investigation, spokesperson David Leibowitz told the media.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the statement continued.

The organization, he said, is conducting a "comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible".

"This matter is now under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department", Sergeant Tommy Thompson told Reuters when asked about the media reports.

The CBS source also claimed the facility has introduced a new rule that male staff members are banned from seeing a female patient without a female staff member after the incident.

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