More than likely, you have heard of someone being in a ‘vegetative state’ before. It typically refers to somebody who has severe brain damage and is no longer fully conscious.
In Arizona, one woman who was in a vegetative state for a minimum of 10 years shocked her family. They found out that she was not only pregnant but she had recently given birth to a healthy baby boy.
It occurred at Phoenix’s Hacienda HealthCare Facility, where the unidentified woman had been receiving round-the-clock care. Obviously, the care was lacking due to the fact that she was sexually assaulted and reported as being pregnant.
She went into labor on December 29. The nurses who had been caring for her were rather shocked and according to one source, the staff had no idea she was pregnant up until that point.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” the source said. “From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”
This has caused many to now question the conditions and the ethics of that nonprofit private nursing facility. It heralds itself as a leading healthcare provider for those who are developmentally disabled and for those with other chronic conditions.
An OB/GYN from that area, Dr. Greg Marchand spoke with a local news source and said that it was a ‘miracle’ that she didn’t have complications associated with her pregnancy and labor.
“This was an extremely dangerous situation with no monitoring,” Marchand said. “It could have been an active labor for hours or even days. This easily could have resulted in a fetal death.“There’s no doubt she was able to feel pain, but how much consciousness there was to really take the suffering from that is what I don’t know,” he added.
Both the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Department of Health Services are involved in the sexual assault case. For now, Hacienda HealthCare has established a new policy. Male staff members will never be able to enter a female patient’s room unaccompanied at that facility.
There is concern about the possibility of additional sexual assault victims at the facility. According to one spokesperson for the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, “many sexual assault perpetrators are actually looking for situations where people are in isolated or vulnerable positions.”
The spokesperson at Hacienda, David Leibowitz said that the incident was “deeply disturbing”. He also added that they are not able to discuss the case publicly but, “they will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter.”
The state Department of Economic Security has performed health and safety checks on the residents that are in the facility since that time. None of the findings are being revealed to the public but they are working along with law enforcement to further the investigation.