Woman in Coma Gives Birth


Ross D. Franklin

Bill Timmons, the CEO of private health care facility Hacienda Healthcare, has resigned after reports that a female patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade, as the patient living at the facility reportedly gave birth Dec. 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant, the facility shown here Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Jennifer Randall, Reporter

Last week, a woman in a coma for more than ten years has given birth to a healthy baby boy at a private nursing facility by the name of Hacienda Healthcare.

The woman’s age and identity has not been made public but after almost drowning fourteen years ago, she had been left in a vegetative state. Her survival depends on 24 hour care. The doctors were not aware of her being pregnant until she went into labor on December 24th.

“The family is obviously outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare.” The family’s attorney, John micheals said. The family would like to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for.”

The Phoenix police department have a search warrant to get DNA from all male employees at the facility. Investigators have also been sent into the facility for health and safety checks. The department of health ordered the medical clinic to implement “Heightened safety measures” as well as asking that all male employees be accompanied by another person when treating the female patients, but no subject has been named at this moment.

In light of these events, the facility has changed protocols this week. The law enforcers know it was rape, as there was no way the woman could have consented. And the current investigators are looking for sexual assault but there were many people who entered the woman’s room day in and day out.

The doctors had no information that the patient was pregnant until the labor started. “This was an extremely dangerous situation. With no monitoring,” doctor Greg marshand said.

Theres no knowing how much pain she consciously asked during the birthing process.