WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A female patient who has been in a vegetative state for 10 years has reportedly given birth on Dec. 29, prompting a police investigation for sexual assault.
- The woman is a patient at Hacienda HealthCare, a long-term care facility for the developmentally disabled in Phoenix, Arizona.
- “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” a source familiar with the situation, said.
A patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, Arizona gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29. The woman, who has been in a vegetative state since she nearly drowned 10 years ago, is possibly a victim of a sexual assault. The baby boy has been doing well, according to the report.
The disturbing incident prompted a sex abuse investigation at the Phoenix-area healthcare facility.
A source who knows the situation said that “none of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.”
“From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her,” the source told AZ Family.
The female patient required constant care and that many people had access to her room, the source said.
After the incident, Hacienda HealthCare has reportedly changed the protocol. Male staff who needs to enter a female room is now required to be accompanied by a female employee, the report said.
Fox News’ request for comments from a Hacienda HealthCare nurse was declined because it would violate HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) — a US legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Fox News was referred to the CEO of the healthcare facility while the Phoenix Police Department did not immediately respond to Fox for comment.
In a statement issued by the facility to the AZ Family, Hacienda said it has been doing business for more than 50 years and “has an outstanding reputation providing high-quality specialized care for our patients.”
“As a Healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to Federal and State privacy laws. Additionally, we cannot comment on any ongoing investigations. We can say that our patients and clients’ health and safety is our #1 priority and that we always cooperate, when asked by any agency, in an open and transparent way.”
Source: Fox News