Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons announced his resignation Monday, and board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation". Authorities have released little information from the investigation, which has yet to be classified as a sexual assault.
A welcome development, according to a statement from Hacienda Healthcare, "We had consulted attorneys to determine whether it would be legal for our company to compel our employees to undergo DNA testing conducted through Hacienda or for Hacienda to conduct voluntary genetic testing of staffers".
The statement said the company welcomed the move to investigate what it called "this deeply disturbing but unprecedented situation".
Phoenix police learned of the situation when they received a call on December 29 about a newborn in distress at Hacienda HealthCare facility.
A lawyer for the woman's relatives has confirmed that they are now caring for the infant.
More details about the woman in a vegetative state who gave birth while in an Arizona healthcare facility have been revealed.
The notion has been met with some scepticism, but the patient, who is described in a medical report as having tubes to feed her and help her breathe, may not have had a swollen belly, according to a doctor.
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As for the potential of pregnancy: Even in a vegetative state, a woman's ovaries "can still respond to the fluctuations in hormones that trigger ovulation", Christine Greves, MD, an ob-gyn at Winnie Palmer Hospital For Women & Babies in Orlando, Florida, tells Health. The woman has not been publicly identified by police. "Whether it's an employee or someone from the outside, the facility has an obligation to protect residents". They said she required total supervision. "So, her weight may not change because she's not taking in additional calories".
It was not clear how many male employees or others police would obtain DNA from to be tested.
"I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members", he said.
Let's hope the authorities catch the perpetrator so that justice can be served.
John Micheaels, a solicitor for the woman's family, told CNN: "The family obviously is outraged, traumatised and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda HealthCare".
The department of health ordered Hacienda to implement "heightened safety measures", spokeswoman Melissa Blasius-Nuanez said. It specializes in the care of people with intellectual disabilities and has at least 74 patient beds, according to federal records.
"We're not going to point out who we've obtained DNA from or who we intend to get DNA from", he said. When her belly began swelling, workers at the care facility in Brighton, New York, tested her for intestinal blockages but later determined through DNA testing that she had been assaulted by a nursing assistant, who was found guilty of rape and imprisoned.