A person who claims to have intimate knowledge of the patient in a persistent vegetative state who gave birth at an Arizona nursing facility last month has given a cryptic interview, insinuating that the public is still unaware of key details related to the patient, who clearly had to have been raped in order to become pregnant.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the 29-year-old woman, who had been in a vegetative state at the facility since she was a toddler, gave birth on December 29, reportedly alarming staff who claim they did not know she was pregnant until she went into labor. The woman is reportedly a quadriplegic, and suffered a near-drowning incident at age 2 or 3 that led to her condition.
The unidentified woman, whose relationship to the patient is not known, told AZFamily.com that the patient received round-the-clock care, with safety checks every 15 minutes.
“She required tube feeding, couldn’t eat or swallow, she had respiratory care, bathing,” the source said, adding that the patient was not left alone in her room when housekeeping was changing her bed linens. The source claimed that patients are taken to a dayroom when housekeeping staff is in their room.
The source also claimed that the patient’s family had visited her over the Christmas holidays, which would have been just days before the patient gave birth on December 29.
“It was Mom and Dad, and one brother and the significance of that is they didn’t see she was pregnant,” the source said, reportedly suggesting that more will become known about the patient as the investigation continues.
“I think it’s going to be extremely difficult, actually impossible, for anyone who hasn’t worked at Hacienda to be able to come to any conclusions,” the source said.
Phoenix police have reportedly launched a rape investigation at Hacienda HealthCare, and have issued search warrants for DNA samples from male employees at the facility, Fox 32 reports.
It is not known if the patient who recently gave birth is still at Hacienda HealthCare or if she has been relocated. The newborn is reportedly in the care of her family.