Mom in a Coma for 14 Years Gives Birth & People Demand Answers

woman in vegetative state gives birth

An investigation is underway at an Arizona nursing facility following a truly disturbing discovery regarding a female patient who has been in a vegetative state for at least 14 years. The patient unexpectedly gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, 2018, leading officials to believe that the woman was possibly sexually abused during her time at the facility.

  • According to AZ Family, the unnamed patient has been at the Hacienda HealthCare facility since a near-fatal drowning accident more than a decade ago.

    She reportedly is unable to communicate and requires around-the-clock care. An anonymous source who spoke to AZ Family claimed that no one at the facility realized the woman was pregnant until she was already in labor, "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 explained. "There was a nurse that was there, and from what I’ve heard she’s the one that delivered the baby."

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  • The December birth of a healthy baby boy would likely mean that the patient was somehow impregnated in the spring.

    AZ Family reports that an investigation has been launched but few details have been released about the case. But it appears that the who did this to her is still unknown. "How could it happen? Just anger and sadness. Sick to my stomach," the anonymous woman said. 

    The anonymous source also claimed that protocol at the facility has changed following the disturbing incident. “I was told that as of now, if a male staff needs to enter a female room, they need to bring in a female employee with them,” the source said.

  • The disturbing allegations have left many wondering how something like this could happen without anyone noticing.

  • A spokesperson for Hacienda Healthcare released a statement to AZ Family that reads:

    "Hacienda Healthcare has been in business in the valley for over 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."

  • The Arizona Department of Health Services also released a statement, saying it's aware of the situation and working with local law enforcement.

    "During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility," the statement explained.