A woman who has been in coma for 14 years, got pregnant and gave birth at Hacienda Healthcare, a nursing facility.
This has led to Phoenix police launching an investigation into the possible sex abuse of the patient.
The woman stunned workers when she went into labor on Saturday because they didn’t even know she was pregnant.
The woman has been in a vegetative state at the Hacienda Skilled Nursing Facility in Phoenix for at least 14 years after a near-drowning incident.
An employee at the facility, who didn’t want her name or face being used, said staff could not believe what was unfolding inside the victim’s room.
“How could it happen? And just anger and sadness, and sick to my stomach,” the employee said. “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.”
In a statement, Hacienda HealthCare said it would also conduct an “internal review” to evaluate patient safety.
“As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter,” spokeswoman Nancy Salmon told Arizona’s Family.
“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. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”