Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. Hacienda HealthCare said it welcomed the DNA testing of employees, the AP reports. "We will continue to cooperate with Phoenix Police and all other investigative agencies to uncover the facts in this deeply disturbing, but unprecedented situation," the company said in a statement. The woman, who had been in a vegetative state for more than 10 years after a near-drowning incident, gave birth Dec. 29.
San Carlos Apache officials announced Tuesday night that the 29-year-old woman was an enrolled member of the tribe, whose reservation is in southeastern Arizona. In a statement, tribal officials said the woman was still in a vegetative state when she gave birth. "On behalf of the tribe, I am deeply shocked and horrified at the treatment of one of our members," tribal chairman Terry Rambler said. A lawyer for the woman's family released a statement Tuesday saying the family was outraged at the "neglect of their daughter" and they asked for privacy. "The family would like me to convey that the baby boy has been born into a loving family and will be well cared for," Phoenix attorney John Michaels said in a statement. (Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons stepped down Monday.)
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