Arizona law enforcement is investigating a rape at Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare nursing home after a patient in a vegetative state became pregnant and gave birth to a child. KPHO reports the woman had been in a vegetative state at Hacienda HealthCare for at least 14 years after surviving a near-drowning incident. The patient required around the clock care, and many had access to her room. Sources say the woman had no way to defend herself from the incident, and no way to communicate that she was pregnant.
Workers were stunned when she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Dec. 29.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” a source familiar with the situation told the news station. “From what I’ve been told, she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her. There was a nurse that was there, and from what I heard she’s the one that delivered the baby.”
After the incident, health and safety checks were performed on all members living in the facility, according to adult protective services, the news station reported.
The Arizona Department of Health says its actively working with law enforcement in their investigation.
Hacienda officials said male employees are now required to have a female employee with them before entering a female patient’s room.
Hacienda’s website says they provide healthcare services to more than 2,500 people each year.
The chief executive of the corporation resigned this week. The company, Hacienda HealthCare, said the resignation of the executive, Bill Timmons, was unanimously accepted by its board of directors. David Leibowitz, a company spokesperson, said Mr Timmons had been chief executive for 28 years.
This is not the first time investigators have expressed concern about the facility.
In 2013, the Arizona Department of Health Services found a male employee mistreated some patients by making sexually explicit remarks about them. In 2017, state investigators cited the facility for providing inadequate privacy to patients while they were naked or being showered.