Doctor Resigns, Another Suspended at Facility Where Woman in Vegetative State Gave Birth

The unidentified physicians were responsible for the woman’s care, Hacienda HealthCare said in a statement

Vegetative State Birth
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One doctor was suspended and another resigned from a long-term care facility in Arizona after a woman in a vegetative state gave birth there last month, the facility said Monday.

The unidentified physicians were responsible for the woman’s care, Hacienda HealthCare said in a brief statement reported by NBC News

The company’s former CEO, Bill Timmons, resigned on Jan. 7, with its board of directors saying it would “accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation.”

The woman, 29, and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, has been at the privately-owned facility for roughly a decade. She almost drowned when younger and is non-verbal and incapable of moving on her own. The woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29.

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