Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth in Long-Term Care Facility

Days after a patient in a long-term vegetative state gave birth in an Arizona nursing facility, prompting a criminal investigation and growing concern from other patients' families, the CEO of the facility has quit.

Bill Timmons, Hacienda HealthCare's CEO, quit his position Monday "effective immediately", spokesman David Leibowitz said in a statement to AZFamily.

A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant.

Victim advocate Tasha Menaker, chief strategy officer of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said it would be appropriate for police to run DNA tests on male employees at the facility.

"A lot of people are mad, my family included", says Gary Londer, a parent of a Hacienda HealthCare patient.

"Everybody was up in shock", Karina Cesena, whose 22-year-old daughter, Jazzmyne, is a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility, told CBS News.

She had been left in a vegetative state (awake but with no signs of awareness) for over 10 years after nearly drowning.

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A Phoenix Police Department spokesman, Sgt. Tommy Thompson, said the "the matter is under investigation".

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

Another statement said Hacienda is "already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible".

Police have yet to disclose any information about suspects at the time.

Hacienda HealthCare was founded five decades ago. Under his leadership, Hacienda added over three dozen programs to provide medical and therapeutic services for medically fragile infants, children and young adults as well as individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.

A mother of another patient at the facility posted a sign to her daughter's door saying that no men, including staffers, are allowed in until the police find the rapist.

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