Woman in vegetative state who gave birth was 'raped several times'

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The CEO of the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare nursing facility resigned on Monday after one of its patients who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth to a child.

The woman is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and has always been in a vegetative state, the tribe's chairman said Tuesday.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

"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", Arizona Department of Health Services spokesperson Melissa Blasius-Nuanez told Refinery29.com Friday. Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care.

She added many people would have had access to the woman's room and cited a meeting with Mr Timmons in 1998 over concerns regarding the treatment of a separate patient.

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"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

Hacienda HealthCare confirmed the search warrant for DNA samples Tuesday evening.

A patient who had been in care at the facility for more than 10 years gave birth on December 29, a source told KPNX.

Gary Orman, executive vice president of Hacienda HealthCare, said the company would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

When she heard that the woman had given birth, the caregiver said she cried because she knew that the woman could not defend herself or identify her assailant. "But I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered".

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Social media was flooded with outrage over why police will not call the investigation of a woman in a vegetative state being impregnated, then giving birth a sex crime.

The news came as a shock to Cesena, whose 22-year-old daughter Jazzmyne has been a patient at the facility since she suffered a traumatic brain injury two years ago. Staff members reportedly hadn't noticed the patient was pregnant until she went into labor.

"Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately", a Tuesday statement from the facility to HuffPost reads.

"We have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident", Leibowitz said.

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