On December 29 2018, the Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix, Arizona had a terrifying day after figuring out that one of their patients was giving birth. However, this isn’t a normal birth. The Hacienda Healthcare Facility had no idea that their patient was pregnant.

According to NBC News, the 29-year-old woman has been a long-term patient at Hacienda Healthcare after a near-drowning incident. The woman has been in a comatose state for 14-years. Pregnancies for comatose patients are extremely rare; however, they are not without precedent.

According to CNN, the patient has been pronounced in a persistent vegetative state while giving birth to her healthy baby son.

According to dictionary.com , a persistent vegetative state (PVS) which is a disorder of consciousness in which patients with severe brain damage are in a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness.

Also, according to CNN, “An attached doctor’s report said the woman has a brain disorder, recurrent pneumonia, paralysis of the limbs and a seizure disorder, along with other conditions.”

Police are stating this woman a victim of sexual assault and are now collecting DNA samples from men who have been in contact with her. Police are also collecting DNA samples from male employees at the facility.

According to ABC News, the victim and her newborn have been recovering at a hospital in Phoenix, but no information has been released about their conditions.

The director of the facility has resigned and the company has hired a lawyer to conduct an independent investigation into management procedures and patient safety.

As this is an ongoing news story, you can find more information as it is published at:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/09/us/arizona-woman-vegetative-state-gives-birth/index.html

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-20/woman-who-gave-birth-hacienda-healthcare-not-in-vegetative-state/10730032

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pregnancy-women-vegetative-states-rare-not-unprecedented-n957611