Woman in Vegetative State for 14 years Gives Birth, Sparks Row
According to reports, a woman in the state of coma for more than 14 years gave birth at a nursing facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident has sparked an investigation of sexual assault of the woman by the hospital staff.
The woman, who is a patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, USA, has been in a vegetative state for nearly 14 years now after she had nearly drowned.
According to a local CBS News affiliate, Arizona’s Family the woman delivered the baby boy on December 29 at the Hacienda Healthcare facility.
Moreover, to everyone’s shock, not a single person of the staff was aware that the woman was pregnant until she went into labor before giving birth.”
An employee working with the facility, on the condition of anonymity, said staff could not simply believe what was taking place inside the victim’s room.
Upon being asked as to how the staff was alerted about the woman going into labor, the staffer admitted that she was not present in the room, she said that the woman had been moaning the whole morning. So, a nurse who was in the room delivered the child, who is in a healthy state.
Taking stock of the situation and the massive attention that the news has garnered across the state, the Phoenix police have opened an investigation into allegations of reported sexual assault.
Moreover, it has also been alleged that access to the woman’s room has now been restricted, even though she requires round-the-clock care.
Also, according to the source, the healthcare has issued a directive whereby male staff will only enter female rooms accompanied by a female nurse or employee.
Hacienda HealthCare has promised to give full support in the investigation, and it has refrained commenting besides making a routine statement.
Further, the Arizona Department of Health Services has also come up with the assurance to cooperate with authorities and support the investigation.