Police investigate after woman who’s been in a vegetative state for 14 years gives birth

2019-01-08 17:03
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A woman who’s been in a vegetative state for 14 years and is a patient at a care home in Arizona in the US has given birth.

Since the woman, whose name is being withheld, would’ve been unable to consent to sexual intercourse, Arizona police have launched a sexual-abuse investigation.

According to AZ Family, the woman has been a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix since almost drowning 14 years ago has left her in an unresponsive state.

She unexpectedly started going into labour and gave birth to a healthy baby boy on 29 December last year.

“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” a source told news outlet AZ Family.

“From what I’ve been told she was moaning and they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”

The birth has prompted a sexual abuse investigation at the nursing facility, The Mirror reports.

Because the woman had need 24/7 care, many people had access to her room. But since giving birth, the facility has restricted access to patients, according to The Sun.

Now, male staff who need to enter female rooms must be accompanied by a female employee.

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

“As a healthcare provider, we cannot comment on any patient due to federal and state privacy laws.”

The new mom and baby boy are reportedly both in good physical health.

Sources: AZ Family, The Mirror, The Sun

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