Families of patients demand answers following woman in vegetative state giving birth

Lynn Cook
January 9, 2019

Micheaels also gave an update on the newborn writing, "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for".

KPHO also spoke with a former Hacienda manager who said Timmons insisted that a 1988 incident of abuse of a different patient be covered up.

Police have served a search warrant to collect DNA from male employees at a Phoenix healthcare facility where a woman gave birth while in a vegetative state.

Bill Timmons announced his resignation as CEO of Hacienda Healthcare, the facility said in a press release Monday.

[Redacted], 29 years old, is a patient at the Hacienda Del Sol in Phoenix, and has been in a persistent vegetative state and coma for over a decade.

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Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns. 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.

After the incident, she was "horrified" about his reaction and said that "by law, we are supposed to report things like that".

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

But the company is facing investigations after one of its patients, a woman in a vegetative state, gave birth to a child on December 29.

"And we will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees", Orman added. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.

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DISTURBING DETAILS: "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth".

The birth has triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies.

San Carlos Apache Police Chief Alejandro Benally said Phoenix police "will do all they can to find the perpetrator" and his department will assist "in any way possible".

Other family members of patients told the news station that they'd noticed more security guards and a new protocol requiring male staffers to be accompanied by female staffers if they go into a female patient's room.

Founded as Hacienda de Los Angeles in 1967, Hacienda HealthCare is described on its website as "the leading provider of specialized medical care and social services for Arizona's infants, children and young adults who are medically fragile or chronically ill, including those with developmental disabilities".

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