Saturday 16 February 2019

Vegetative patient gives birth in care

A patient at a private health care facility in Phoenix gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. Stock Image
A patient at a private health care facility in Phoenix gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade. Stock Image

Ben Mitchell

The chief executive of a private health care facility in Phoenix has resigned following reports a patient gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade.

Bill Timmons quit Hacienda HealthCare after the woman reportedly gave birth on December 29. Staff were unaware she was pregnant.

The birth triggered a police investigation and reviews by Arizona state agencies. Governor Doug Ducey's office called the situation "deeply troubling".

A Hacienda board member said they would require a full account of this "absolutely horrifying situation".

Irish Independent

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