Woman in vegetative state for 14 years gives birth at nursing facility

(Photo: KTRK via CNN Newsource)

PHOENIX, Az. — Authorities are investigating a disturbing rape of a woman in a vegetative state at a nursing facility.

It happened at Hacienda Healthcare Facility in Phoenix. Doctors and nurses had no idea the woman was pregnant, so were stunned when she went into labor last week.

The woman has been in a vegetative state for about 14 years after a near-drowning accident, KTVK reported.

According to the news stations' source, the patient starting moaning and a nurse ended up delivering the baby. The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

The source said the patient had around-the-clock care with many people having access to her room.

Adult Protective Services and the Arizona Health Department are both looking into the rape, as well as Phoenix Police.

"Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 50 years, and has an outstanding reputation providing high quality specialized care for our patients. As a Healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to Federal and State privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on any ongoing investigations. We can say that our patients and clients health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way."

The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement:

"We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. Upon learning of the allegation, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations. 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."

Phoenix Police are continuing to investigate this case.

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