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Following news of a woman in a vegetative state giving birth, families of patients at Hacienda HealthCare are demanding answers.

"The baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for", said John Micheaels, a lawyer retained by the woman's family, adding that they were not "emotionally ready to make a public statement".

Phoenix police are investigating the case of a woman who gave birth after years of being in a vegetative state. "When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers", Chairman Terry Rambler said in a statement.

An attorney for the family of the vegetative woman said on Tuesday that the baby boy is healthy but it's not clear who now has custody of the child, reported KPHO.

A spokesman for Hacienda HealthCare says investigators served a search warrant Tuesday to obtain DNA samples from all male staffers.

"I can't believe someone would bathe her daily for nine months, never know she wasn't having her period, she wasn't growing in her mid-section", one of the woman's former caregivers told ABC15, which did not reveal his or her identity.

She had been left in a vegetative state (awake but with no signs of awareness) for over 10 years after nearly drowning.

A top executive at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix resigned amid a pending investigation into a woman at his facility who recently gave birth despite being in a vegetative state for more than a decade.

"While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient's health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter".

A week after the victim gave birth, Phoenix police have still released next to nothing about the investigation.

"Bill Timmons, longtime Chief Executive Officer of Hacienda HealthCare, has terminated his employment from the company effective immediately", a Tuesday statement from the facility to HuffPost reads.

Police have declined to comment on the investigation.

"Everybody was up in shock", Karina Cesena, whose daughter is a patient at the Hacienda Healthcare facility, told CBS News.

In a statement, board member Gary Orman said the facility "will accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation".

Govenor Doug Ducey's office has called the situation "deeply troubling".

"From what I've been told she was moaning and they didn't know what was wrong with her". The Arizona Department of Economic Security has since conducted a health and well-being check on all other patients at the facility.


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