Clinic boss quits after patient in vegetative state gives birth

Kenny Tucker
January 9, 2019

The woman was injured in a drowning incident over ten years ago and has been in a vegetative state since.

The sudden birth of a baby boy to a woman who had spent the last 14 years in a deep coma has sparked a sex abuse investigation.

"I want to assure our patients, their loved ones, our community partners, the agencies we do business with, Governor Ducey and the residents of Arizona, we will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and the investigating agencies at all levels in every way possible", said Orman.

Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has a family or a guardian.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the statement continued.

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The boss of a private clinic in the USA has resigned after a woman in a vegetative state reportedly gave birth. "You can hook these up through an Internet signal in nursing homes", Weninger said. But one from December 2013 outlines an allegation that a staff member made inappropriate sexual comments about four patients. The Arizona department of health services has said new safety measures have been implemented. "He stated that he does not know why staff come and go in the shower room when he does not have any clothes on". The staff member remarked that one client with intellectual disabilities had been placed in a sexual position. It has "now become a bad habit and is a dignity problem", according to the state's report.

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff. A police report and 911 calls were also not available Saturday. After being assured by administrators that staffers "have been counseled on privacy during showering residents", the state issued a follow-up report in January 2018 which concluded those and other deficiencies uncovered by investigators "have been corrected".

Staff at the facility in Phoenix, Arizona were apparently unaware that the patient - who has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade - was pregnant before she had a baby boy.

The facility received a "below average" health inspection rating in 2017, according to the Medicare website. Some of the patients have been there for decades, said state records.

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