A woman said to have been in a vegetative state for at least a decade at a private health care facility in Phoenix reportedly gave birth recently, triggering a police investigation and reviews by state agencies in a situation called “deeply troubling” by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.
Azfamily.com a news website for television stations KPHO and KTVK, first reported late Thursday that, according to sources not identified by the website, a woman gave birth Dec. 29 living at a Hacienda HealthCare facility where the staff was unaware that she was pregnant.
Two other Phoenix television stations later aired similar reports.
Following the Azfamily report, Hacienda Health Care and state officials issued brief statements about the situation, expressing concern and describing reviews being conducted and steps being taken but not specifically confirming the reported pregnancy and birth.
The Associated Press