Woman in Vegetative State for 10 Years Gives Birth
– Joseph Edun, ABH PRESS
A woman who has been in a vegetative state for at least a decade and is being nursed in a private healthcare facility has given birth in Phoenix, Arizona. She gave birth on December 29 to the bewilderment of all. The 29-year-old woman, who has been incapacitated since age 3 is being nursed in the private facility, Hacienda Healthcare where the sexual assault took place.
The staff at the facility were not aware that the woman was pregnant and were surprised when she was heard to be moaning. On attending to her, they were shocked to find her giving birth. The baby boy she delivered was initially unresponsive but started crying some minutes after CPR was administered on him by the staff. The child is reportedly alive and is with the members of the family. An external examination however, conducted on the woman previously in April 16 by a doctor found “no change” in her health.
The apalling incident which was first reported by Azfamily.com has claimed the CEO of the 60-bed facility who resigned from his position on Monday. A board member of the company, Gary Orman, said Hacienda “will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation”.
“We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees,” Orman said.
The Phoenix police on Tuesday issued a warrant to the facility to get the DNA sample of all the male employees as part of the investigation to apprehend the perpetrator of the sexual assault. The company in a statement it released, said it welcomed the DNA testing of employees. “We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation”.
The long term care Hacienda facility provides around-the-clock care to infants, children and young adults who are “medically fragile” or have developmental disabilities. The company has been in existence for more than five decades. The Arizona department of health services has said new safety measures have been implemented to protect patients in wake of the report.
“We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation,” the department said in a statement.