Healthcare boss resigns after coma patient gives birth


Karina Cesena has barely left her daughter's room at a private health-care facility in Phoenix since she learned that a another patient there in a vegetative state had given birth.

On Tuesday, the San Carlos Apache Tribe said the 29-year-old woman is a member, according to statement provided to 12 News. Police are now investigating the incident. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.

San Carlos Apache Police Department Chief Alejandro Benally said in the release that the case was in the jurisdiction of the Phoenix Police Department and his agency would assist in any way possible.

Bill Timmons, the CEO of Hacienda HealthCare, announced his resignation - effective immediately - Monday.

A top executive at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix resigned amid a pending investigation into a woman at his facility who recently gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade.

Calling her case an "absolutely horrifying situation" Hacienda HealthCare board member Gary Orman said in a statement that the "unprecedented case. has devastated everyone involved, from the victim and her family to Hacienda staff at every level of our organization". Awake but immobile, and apparently unaware, her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. No one knew she was pregnant and healthcare staff were initially unsure why she was moaning, the reports said.

"Trust has been severed, period", she said.

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Jazzmyne, who spent 4.5 months in a coma but is now responsive, assured her mother that nobody had harmed her.

A female patient living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility reportedly gave birth December 29 although the staff was unaware the woman was pregnant.

The news has been described as "deeply troubling" by a representative for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.

The Hacienda facility serves infants, children and young adults who are "medically fragile" or have developmental disabilities, according to the website.

"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", said a spokesperson for the department.

The firm, which says it is cooperating with police, provides services ranging from day programs to long-term residential care for more than 2,500 patients annually. "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents".