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Woman In Vegetative State For 14 Years Gives Birth At Nursing Home

A police investigation is underway after a woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for 14 years gave birth at a private nursing facility last month.

The patient, who has been unresponsive since a near-drowning incident more than a decade ago, delivered a healthy baby boy on December 29, 2018 at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, AZ. Staffers didn’t know the woman was pregnant until she went into labor, an unnamed source told KTVK, a local CBS News affiliate.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” the source said. “From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”

The facility, which specializes in treating chronically ill and developmentally disabled people, has apparently changed protocols and will no longer allow male staffers to enter a female patient’s room unaccompanied. Refinery29 reached out to Hacienda HealthCare for comment.

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