Arizona police on Tuesday have served a search warrant asking for DNA samples from all male staff members who work at Phoenix’s Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility where a woman gave birth to a boy while in a coma.
The woman is 29-years-old and has been in a coma for over a decade. The baby’s birth at the facility has raised concern regarding patient safety and accusations of sexual abuse.
According to Hacienda’s website, the facility is a healthcare provider for individuals who are chronically ill and medically fragile. Their residents are young adults and children, and other individual coma patients.
A spokesperson for the facility stated that Hacienda will do everything they can to bring the investigation to a close quickly. They also will cooperate fully with the Phoenix Police and all other agencies to learn the truth and gain facts regarding this disturbing and unprecedented case.
The coma victim’s name has not been released, but the San Carlos Apache Tribe has verified that she is a member of the tribal community.
San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Terry Rambler released a statement on Tuesday stating they are horrified and shocked at the abuse allegations of the tribal member in a coma.
He continued to speak out, saying that when one decides to admit a loved one into palliative care, it is because the person is dependent upon others and at their most vulnerable. Ramblers says that one must have trust and faith in their caretakers.
It is sad one of the caretakers at the facility could not be trusted and took advantage of her while she is in a coma and is vulnerable. Hopefully, justice will come quickly.
On Monday the CEO of the facility, Bill Timmons, resigned. The Arizona Department of Health said it would be mandatory for the facility to operate under staunch guidelines until they find out how the woman in the coma was impregnated.
John Micheaels, the woman in the coma’s lawyer, said that the family is traumatized, outraged and shocked by the neglect and abuse that happened at Hacienda Healthcare.
The family is aware of the widespread interest in the case about their daughter because it is unusual for someone in a coma to become pregnant.
They are emotionally not prepared to offer a statement at this time. However, they would like the public to know that the baby boy will be cared for in a very loving home.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said he has been updated on the situation and said the results are very troubling. The state’s regulatory authority and contract with the facility is being evaluated. Ducey is also working with state agencies to make sure all safety measures are being implemented correctly.
Written By Barbara Sobel
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