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Officials with Hacienda Healthcare have issued a statement, amidst mounting controversy over a female patient in vegetative state who gave birth recently.

Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare Bill Timmons has resigned days after the patient in a coma gave birth to a baby, according to the website Arizona's Family citing the clinic's statement. An unidentified source told AZFamily that Hacienda staff was not aware she was pregnant until she gave birth.

CNN affiliate KPHO/KTVK has reported the woman has been in a vegetative state for 14 years, quoting a source familiar with the situation. The woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29, local news outlet KPHO-TV reported last week.

The facility's CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and the Phoenix Police Department has launched a criminal investigation.

Hacienda HealthCare, which tends to medically fragile children and young adults in Arizona has an admirable motto: "In special lives, we make a difference".

It wasn't until she started to moan and they attempted to find out what was wrong that they discovered she was pregnant and in labour.

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.

In the statement, the lawyer, identified as John Michaels, said the family is "outraged, traumatized, and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda Healthcare".

The woman said not one person reported the incident out of fear, adding that it is likely other forms of abuse took place over the years.

"As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter", the statement continued. "It is my hope that justice will be served".

Hacienda officials have called the situation "a deeply disturbing incident" and said they are cooperating with law enforcement and state agencies.

He explained the organisation is also conducting a "comprehensive internal review" of Hacienda's process, protocols and people to ensure that every resident is safe and well cared for. "We also don't have required training for providers", McFadden said.

The nursing home, meanwhile, had been cited for a privacy deficiency after a male patient told investigators in December 2017 that while he was being bathed by a staff member, other staff members would walk in on him while showering.

"There was a nurse that was there, and from what I've heard she's the one that delivered the baby".


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