Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
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Families of patients demand answers following woman in vegetative state giving birth

Families of patients demand answers following woman in vegetative state giving birth

Cesena's daughter almost drowned 14 years ago and was left with a traumatic brain injury that caused her to have hundreds of seizures a day.

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

The source told the network that no-one knew the longtime patient of Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix was pregnant until she began moaning shortly before going into labor. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said.

The facility has been at the center of media attention recently, as Arizona health and law enforcement agencies investigate allegations of sexual abuse, after a baby is born to a patient there that has been in a vegetative state for several years.

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

On Friday, KPHO-TV reported claims from sources that a woman in the facility who had been in a vegetative state after almost drowning more than a decade ago had given birth to a baby boy in December. Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.


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

The state department of economic security dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks at the facility, and the department of health services has beefed up safety measures: more staff, increased monitoring and stronger security.

Leibowitz added the organisation "stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter".

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".

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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