Woman becomes pregnant in vegetative state
On December 29, a woman who had been in a vegetative state for over two decades gave birth in an Arizona nursing facility, prompting authorities to investigate what looks like a case of sexual assault. Days later, the CEO of the corporation that runs the nursing home resigned. Though it was previously reported that the woman had been a patient at Hacienda HealthCare for about 14 years, new records obtained by People found that she had been at the facility since she was between the ages of 2 and 3. The records also indicated that she has quadriplegia and a seizure disorder, along with recurrent pneumonia. A nurse was apparently on hand to deliver the baby, but the alleged months-long oversight does suggest negligence.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Woman in vegetative state sexually assaulted, gives birth
SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Families furious after woman in vegetative state gives birth at nursing facilityContent:
- Woman in Vegetative State For 10 Years Shocks Carers by Giving Birth
- A nurse is accused of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who later gave birth
- How Could a Woman in a Vegetative State Get Pregnant and Give Birth? An Ob-Gyn Explains
- Pregnancy in women in vegetative states is rare, but not unprecedented
- Woman in 14-Year Coma Gives Birth in Arizona
- Data Protection Choices
- Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth, Prompting Sexual-Assault Investigation
Woman in Vegetative State For 10 Years Shocks Carers by Giving Birth
Nathan Sutherland, a nurse at the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman. A court filing by the family of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative condition in an Arizona nursing facility states that according to doctors who examined her, the woman had likely been pregnant before. The notice of claim also cites the findings of Dr. Nathan Sutherland , 37, a nurse at the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility, was arrested earlier this year, and has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.
Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. Due to their alleged failure to notice her pregnancy, staff allegedly prescribed laxatives for the mass in her stomach and reduced her calorie intake in response to her weight gain. FB Tweet ellipsis More. Get push notifications with news, features and more. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.
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A nurse is accused of impregnating a woman in a vegetative state who later gave birth
Workers at the facility were shocked when the non-verbal patient, who has been severely disabled and in an incapacitated state from the age of three, went into labour and gave birth to a baby boy last December. According to the legal papers, obtained by Sun Online, doctors who examined her following the birth concluded that the baby "was obviously a result of a non-consensual sexual assault". They also discovered a series of old injuries that suggesting a history of sexual assault or trauma "prior to this delivery". Shockingly, medical records also showed that this may not have been the first time the victim had been pregnant, stating an examination suggested "repeat coitus has occurred and likely this is a repeat parous event". The victim's nurse Nathan Sutherland was arrested and charged with sexual assault earlier this year - after DNA tests showed he was the father of the woman's baby.
Police in Arizona have made an arrest in connection with a woman who gave birth while in a vegetative state. Authorities said he was responsible for caring for the woman at the time of the alleged abuse that appears to have resulted in the pregnancy, a spokeswoman for the Phoenix Police Department announced in a press conference Wednesday. Sutherland had been a licensed practical nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix since , police said. He was identified as a person who had access to the victim in the case, and investigators obtained a DNA sample from him yesterday using a court order, police said.
How Could a Woman in a Vegetative State Get Pregnant and Give Birth? An Ob-Gyn Explains
Her universe consisted mostly of a room at a Phoenix Hacienda HealthCare facility where she received round-the-clock care. So when she went into labor a few days after Christmas, her caretakers were flummoxed. On December 29, with help from one of the facility's nurses, the patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy, KPHO reported. The birth - and the sexual assault of a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it - has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix's medically fragile. A Phoenix police spokesman told The Washington Post that the department is investigating but did not release details about the case. A police report and calls were also not available Saturday. Hacienda HealthCare, which has 40 programs that serve more than 2, people a year in Arizona, according to its website , did not immediately respond to calls and messages seeking comment.
Pregnancy in women in vegetative states is rare, but not unprecedented
The disturbing case of an Arizona woman who gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade is not the first of its kind, experts told NBC News. The woman, 29, delivered in December while receiving long-term care at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix after a near-drowning incident. Authorities do not know who impregnated her and have opened a sexual assault investigation in search of her rapist. The case echoes one from , when a comatose year-old woman was raped by a nurse's aide at her nursing home near Rochester, New York. Staff discovered she was pregnant early on, a key difference between her and the Arizona woman.
Hacienda Healthcare employees also missed other signs of pregnancy, including swelling in her extremities, something that was purportedly so pronounced that it was noted by the woman's family members in December, shortly before she gave birth, according to the claim. The staff first noticed the pregnancy on Dec. A panicked call , previously released, captured the moments immediately following the baby's birth. Asked if the mother is "doing OK," the caller replies, "We're not sure, we had no idea this patient was pregnant.
Woman in 14-Year Coma Gives Birth in Arizona
A horrifying story has been in headlines this week: A year-old woman in a vegetative state at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix gave birth to a baby boy on December The woman had been in this state for 14 years after nearly drowning. She is considered a sexual assault victim, and police are collecting DNA samples from male workers at the facility in an attempt to identify who assaulted her. While the hunt for her assailant is in progress, the case has raised the question: How could a woman who for 14 years has presumably displayed no awareness and little brain functioning conceive a child and give birth?SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: OBGYN explains what birth could have been like for woman in vegetative state
Nathan Sutherland, a nurse at the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman. A court filing by the family of a woman who gave birth while in a long-term vegetative condition in an Arizona nursing facility states that according to doctors who examined her, the woman had likely been pregnant before. The notice of claim also cites the findings of Dr. Nathan Sutherland , 37, a nurse at the Phoenix-based Hacienda HealthCare long-term care facility, was arrested earlier this year, and has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.
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The parents of an Arizona woman in a vegetative state who gave birth released a statement Tuesday that they said sought to counter any misconceptions about their daughter's condition. The year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. Her family in a statement Tuesday through their attorney said she is "not in a coma. Their daughter responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures. The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities.
Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix has said that they will continue to work with law enforcement. Update: Nathan Sutherland, a year-old nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility has been arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse, according to the Associated Press. The CEO of a Phoenix, Arizona, health facility has resigned amid a police investigation into the rape and subsequent pregnancy of a female patient who has been a vegetative state for more than a decade. According to KPHO-TV, which broke the story, the unidentified year-old patient had been raped several times , and the staff had no idea she was pregnant until she went into labor and gave birth to a healthy baby boy on December 29th. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her.
Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth, Prompting Sexual-Assault Investigation