Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Family Of Woman Raped While In Vegetative State Speaks Out

Family Of Woman Raped While In Vegetative State Speaks Out

A doctor examined an Arizona woman in a vegetative state almost nine months before she gave birth but did not find that she was pregnant, and a medical expert said Thursday that it's possible she displayed no outward signs that workers who cared for her every day would have noticed either.

In Phoenix, police are collecting DNA samples from all male employees of a long-term care facility.

The victim, who has not been named, gave birth on December 29 at Hacienda HealthCare.

INNES: Well, the mother is still in the hospital with her baby, and they are both recovering.

A lawyer for the woman's family said the infant "has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", according to the New York Times.

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

Police have requested DNA samples from men working at a home where a patient in a vegetative state was raped and later had a baby.

Detectives also served a search warrant Tuesday to gather records relevant to the ongoing investigation, he said.

PEOPLE reports that the documents state she has been at the Hacienda HealthCare facility for more than 27 years, almost double the length of time that appeared in previous reports.

The woman, who was an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning.

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Phoenix attorney John Michaels said in a statement: "The family is obviously outraged, traumatised and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter as Hacienda Healthcare".

"One of our patients just had a baby, and we had no idea she was pregnant", the nurse said.

Alejandro Benally, Chief of the San Carlos Apache Police Department also had a statement included in the letter, "At this point, this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department". She recently gave birth to a child while still in a coma.

Police say she was raped several times while in the care of the facility.

It's women with disabilities who often suffer the most on this score, having their desires and rights over their own bodies overridden in the service of another's misogyny - whether that's a person who seeks to assault them or someone who refuses to let them decide their own end-of-life care, should they be pregnant.

Police have revealed how authorities were alerted to the birth.

The CEO of a private health care facility in Phoenix has resigned following reports that a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade.

The state's online complaint database for care facilities shows multiple complaints about Hacienda de Los Angeles going back to 2013.

Officers launched a sex crime investigation when it was determined that the mother was in a vegetative state, Arizona police spokesman Tommy Thompson said. Phoenix police so far not commented, the AP reported.

On its website, Hacienda HealthCare says it provides care for "medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities". With almost 3 decades of experience, we have both the resources and proven results required to hold nursing homes accountable.

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