Woman in a vegetative state for a decade gives birth

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Police in the US state of Arizona have launched a sexual assault investigation amid reports a patient in a vegetative state for a decade gave birth.

The woman is a patient in a clinic run by Hacienda HealthCare near Phoenix.

Hacienda HealthCare gave no details but said it was aware of a "deeply disturbing incident".

A local CBS station said the baby was healthy and quoted a source as saying that staff had been unaware the woman was pregnant.

The woman has not been identified.

A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is currently under investigation" but declined to say when the inquiry had started or to give any details of the case.

The CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV said the woman had given birth on 29 December.

It quoted a source as saying: "None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth."

The source said the woman required round-the-clock care and many people had access to her room.

Safety measures stepped up

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

A Hacienda HealthCare statement read that it had "recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident".

It said it was fully co-operating with the authorities.

Hacienda Healthcare spokesman David Leibowitz added that the group was "fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter".

The Arizona Department of Health Services said it had sent inspectors to check on patients at the facility and had implemented "heightened safety measures".

On its website, Hacienda HealthCare says it provides care for "medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46768242
 

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Hacienda Healthcare spokesman David Leibowitz added that the group was "fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter".
So you finally woke up to what is happening under your very noses, this does not make it unprecedented. I bet that is going to prove to be but the tip of a very big and very nasty iceberg.
 

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I dunno. If the baby sucks the nipple, does not milk eventually appear? She gave birth so her hormones are working at least
 

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In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. The dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories...

Dun dun!
LOL! I literally watched an episode of SVU yesterday with this exact situation!
 

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In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. The dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories...

Dun dun!
I'm a huge fan of the law & order tv series.

Reminds me a bit of the movie Frances where an actress was subjected to a lobotomy and the staff had their way with her.
 

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Like I said - this is just the exposed tip of a very ugly iceberg.

There have been reports of patient mistreatment. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made “inappropriate, sexual statements” about four clients. The staff member remarked that one client with intellectual disabilities had been placed in a sexual position. The worker had also been observed watching clients touch themselves. The alleged incidents weren’t reported to the facility’s administrators until a month after they occurred.

That staff member was ultimately terminated, but the state found that the facility “failed to ensure clients . . . were treated with dignity.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/heal...gating-sexual-assault/?utm_term=.f5ae63cb1ad1

The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, http://www.azcadv.org/ . Spokesperson Tasha Menaker is "horrified" by the allegations and worries there could be more alleged victims.

"In sexual assault cases, it's not uncommon that perpetrators have multiple victims and so that would be a concern for us," she said.

"Our hope is that there will be a thorough investigation that identifies the person who did this and for some reason we weren't to see a thorough investigation, we would take further steps," said Menaker.

"There's an infant involved which is evidence and so I think the first place to begin would be a DNA test of that child and that's something the police department has the capacity to do," she added.

"Many sexual assault perpetrators are actually looking for situations where people are in isolated or vulnerable positions and because most perpetrators are not reported to police or their cases don't actually move forward, we always don' t know if someone has a history of engaging in sexual harm against people," she said.

She also explained that people living with disabilities are three more times at-risk of sexual violence than people without disabilities.
https://www.azfamily.com/news/woman...cle_9342c7c4-0fb2-11e9-8138-4fcd53869faf.html
 
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