Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

Comatose woman gave birth to boy, attorney says

The boss of a private clinic in the U.S. has resigned after a woman in a vegetative state reportedly gave birth.

Hacienda has been under intense scrutiny since the 29-year-old Native American woman had the healthy baby boy December 29, the station said.

Hacienda HealthCare confirmed the search warrant for DNA samples Tuesday evening.

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case.

"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said Hacienda "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Police have made no arrests so far and it remains unclear if they have identified any suspects yet in their investigation.

A Hacienda Healthcare spokesperson told AZ Family that it has been in business for over 50 years and has "an outstanding reputation".

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Hacienda HealthCare's chief executive, Bill Timmons, stepped down on Monday, spokesman David Leibowitz said.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees". "Timmons' resignation was accepted unanimously by the Hacienda Board of Directors".

Govenor Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

On its website, Hacienda describes itself as "Arizona's leading provider of specialized health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".

Hacienda almost lost its Medicare funding in December 2013 after Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) found at least one staff member was abusive to multiple patients while several staff members were deficient in reporting patient allegations of abuse by staff.

Meanwhile, a state lawmaker is considering legislation to protect patients living at long-term healthcare facilities from abuse. "But I can't believe someone receiving that level of constant care wasn't recognized as being pregnant prior to the time she delivered".

"We don't have a systematic way to train people what's a good touch or a bad touch".

They said that staff became aware that the woman was giving birth when the vulnerable patient began "moaning".

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