Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Karina Cesena's 22-year-old daughter has been a resident at the Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility after suffering a traumatic brain injury several years ago.

"Trust has been broken".

The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), which licenses the facility, said they were aware of the alleged incident and were "actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation".

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

"My heart hurts, my chest hurts".

Bill Timmons, CEO of Hacienda HealthCare, resigned Monday after reports emerged last week that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for at least a decade.

Last week, Phoenix-based news outlet KPHO reported that the female patient, who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years after almost drowning, gave birth to a baby boy on December 29.

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

Police are now investigating the case as a potential sexual assault with an anonymous source telling the outlet that staff at the facility did not know the woman was pregnant. The disturbing notion of a woman completely incapable of consenting and/or defending herself against rape becomes yet another wrinkle in the culture of sexual violence in today's society.

"No. None whatsoever. Not even able to communicate the fact that she was pregnant", claimed the source.

The victim, who receives 24-hour care at the facility, began making noises when she went into labor. However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security said they had dispatched a team to conduct health and safety checks on all members of at the facility, as reported by In a statement to KPHO-TV.

He explained the organisation is also conducting a "comprehensive internal review" of Hacienda's process, protocols and people to ensure that every resident is safe and well cared for.

Now, any male staff entering a female patient's room must be accompanied by a female staff member.

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