Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

However, Spokeswoman Nancy Salmon of Hacienda Healthcare attempted to do damage control with the following statement.

The CEO of Hacienda Healthcare has stepped down amid an investigation into the sexual assault of a woman who gave birth while in a vegetative state.

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday and it was unanimously accepted by the facility's board of directors.

The tribe confirmed in the press release the woman is 29 years old, meaning she has been in a vegetative since her late teens.

The facility, which has room for over 50 patients, is now under investigation by police and the Arizona Department of Health Services.


Since the news of the incident broke, parents of patients at the Phoenix-based health care facility have come forward, expressing their concerns.

Sources tell ABC15 that investigators are hoping to DNA test the staff at Hacienda Healthcare and are evaluating other patients at the establishment.

"I can't believe that somebody would bathe her daily for nine months and never know that she wasn't having a period, that she [was] growing in her midsection, that nurses weren't keeping track" of her weight, the person said.

Her identity hasn't been reported, and it's not known if she has a family or a guardian.

Gary Orman, the executive vice president of the company's board, said it would "accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".


The woman, who has been in a vegetative state since she allegedly almost drowned nearly a decade ago, reportedly gave birth on December 29.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every single one of our patients and our employees", Orman said. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her. It is also unclear if staff members at the Hacienda de Los Angeles facility were unaware of the pregnancy until the birth.

The birth has triggered a police investigation and reviews by state agencies. "I haven't been able to sleep good at night because of what occurred here", another mother, Angela Gomez said. The Phoenix Police Department did not respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), which licenses the facility, said they were aware of the alleged incident and were "actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation".

Protocol at the clinic has been changed, the source said, and men now have to be accompanied by a woman on entering the room of a female patient.


One staff member was sacked for making repeated inappropriate sexual comments to patients.

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