Phoenix Police Collect DNA Samples After Patient In Vegetative State Gives Birth

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

A doctor examined an Arizona woman who is in a vegetative state less than nine months before she gave birth, but did not find that she was pregnant, it has emerged.

As reported by the Washington Post, Police are now seeking to obtain DNA samples from male staff members at the private facility, and that Hacienda Healthcare officials are cooperating.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", Rambler said.

"At this point it is our understanding that steps have been taken to protect anybody that's there, and that was one of our concerns from the beginning", he said.

The CEO of the nursing facility resigned this week following the scandal, according to a statement sent to media.

Phoenix attorney John Michaels said: "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

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Meanwhile, the unnamed woman's family have also expressed outrage at the "neglect of their daughter" - and added that they will now care for the child.

The circumstances surrounding the woman's pregnancy aren't known, and it's unclear if the woman gave birth full-term; police simply described her as being "very far along", according to People, and that they responded to a call at the facility because a baby was in distress and having trouble breathing. "It is my hope that justice will be served", the tribe chairman told CBS.

"She lacks sufficient understanding and mental capacity to make decisions or give consents for her medical, placement or financial estate", the court documents say.

A 24-year-old woman in a coma following a drug overdose five years earlier delivery a baby girl in 1998.

Hacienda also cares for - it's got several programs to provide medical and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants, children and young adults.

Experts at the time said that was the country's first recorded episode of a woman in a chronic vegetative state giving birth.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees", Orman said in a statement. "During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility". With almost 3 decades of experience, we have both the resources and proven results required to hold nursing homes accountable. According to the facility, they had no idea the women was pregnant until she went into labor and they are looking for the father. "We can deliver babies without needing to push", says Dr. Greves. The woman has been a patient at this facility for at least a decade following a near-drowning incident, the Phoenix-based station quoted its source as saying.

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