It’s a story that will make your blood run cold. Read on to learn what happened to a woman in a healthcare facility in Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona.
By one account, it was only when the woman gave birth shortly after Christmas that employees at her healthcare facility in Arizona realised she was pregnant.
But that isn’t the most shocking part of the story. What is, you ask?
The woman, who gave birth to a boy on December 29, has been in a vegetative state for years.
One news website, azfamily.com, said police in Phoenix, the capital of Arizona state, are now looking into possible sexual abuse.
“None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth,” the website quoted a source as saying.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post said the birth of the child — “and the sexual assault of a vulnerable individual that must have preceded it — has cast a harsh glare on conditions at a nonprofit organization [called Hacienda HealthCare] that bills itself as a leading provider of health care for Phoenix’s medically fragile”.
I can’t even imagine how horrible it must be to be a victim of abuse like that.”
– Dr Greg Marchand, as quoted by azfamily.com
Hacienda HealthCare stands “fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter,” a spokesperson for the organisation was quoted as saying in two news reports.