Police investigating after woman in 10-year coma gives birth

Leslie Hanson
January 8, 2019

Karina Cesena told a Phoenix news outlet, "I do not [know if my daughter was victimised], but I do ask her, and she can answer yes or no". "Trust has been broken and severed completely". "Trust has definitely been broken", Cesena said of the Hacienda facility.

Sources tell KNXV television station in Phoenix that investigators are hoping to DNA-test the staff at Hacienda Healthcare and are evaluating other patients at the establishment.

"My heart hurts, my chest hurts".

An Arizona woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month in a long-term care facility, and police are investigating the incident.

Last week, Phoenix-based news outlet KPHO reported that the female patient, who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years after almost drowning, gave birth to a baby boy on December 29.

The woman was injured in a drowning incident over ten years ago and has been in a vegetative state since. It is now under criminal investigation, as state investigators try to determine how the woman got pregnant. No one knew she was pregnant and healthcare staff were initially unsure why she was moaning, the reports said. Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2,500 people a year in Arizona, according to its website, did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment.


A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case.

"We have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident", Leibowitz said.

"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter", Leibowitz said by email.

We are already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible.

"This matter is now under investigation by the Phoenix Police Department", Sergeant Tommy Thompson told Reuters when asked about the media reports.

Hacienda says its hired extra security guards, and male staffers can now only enter patients' rooms with another female employee.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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