Woman in vegetative state for decade reportedly gives birth

Police in the US state of Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation after reports a patient in a vegetative state for a decade gave birth at Phoenix Hacienda Health Care facility

Police in the US state of Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation after reports a patient in a vegetative state for a decade gave birth at Phoenix Hacienda Health Care facility

A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private healthcare facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state agencies in a situation that the state governor's office called "deeply troubling".

The incident involving the patient who became pregnant while in a vegetative state has prompted a sexual assault investigation by local police.

The birth shocked staffers at the facility when they began hearing the comatose woman vocalizing groans and grunts as the birthing process began.

Prior to the birth, staff were unaware the patient was even pregnant and their surprise quickly turned to concern as to how the woman conceived.

A government, Medicare database for the facility now ranks Hacienda with one out of five possible stars - "much below average" - in the overall category. They did not specifically confirm the reported pregnancy and birth.

"I do not [know if my daughter was victimized], but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no", Cesena told the news station.

The Department of Economic Security, which serves disabled clients, also is investigating.

A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.

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The Phoenix police sources told the CBS News that they might end up collecting the DNA samples of the staff members at the nursing facility if they don't cooperate. In 2013, a male staffer was sacked after there were complaints that he made sexually suggestive remarks to patients.

It added: "While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to co-operate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter". You can read the 53 page report here.

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare describes itself on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

The organization says it offers dozens of programs and services through several nonprofit entities under its umbrella.

According to its website, Hacienda HealthCare serves more than 2,500 people throughout Arizona each year.

According to the records, an inspector spoke with a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at the facility on December 11, 2017, who complained about an incident that happened a month prior.

On medicare.gov, Hacienda has a one star rating, which is "much below average".

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