On Tuesday, the parents of the Arizona woman who gave birth to a baby in a vegetative state said that they sought to counter any misconceptions about their daughter’s condition.
On Dec 29, the woman who was in a vegetative state for almost a decade at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix gave birth to a baby boy. A report says that no one from the healthcare staff knew about the woman being pregnant and why was she moaning. The staff at the facility called 911 when she began giving birth.
The family of the woman on Tuesday released a statement through their attorney and mentioned that the woman was not in a coma.
“She has significant intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures very early in her childhood,” the attorney’s statement said. “She does not speak but has some ability to move her limbs, head, and neck. Their daughter responds to sound and can make facial gestures. The important thing is that she is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities,” the statement added.
As per the brain foundation officials, a person in a vegetative state is said to be awake but with no signs of awareness. The person can open his/her eyes, wake up and fall asleep but no movements, as per the Brain Foundation’s website.
“In contrast, a coma is a state that lacks both awareness and wakefulness,” the website states.
Leading news channels tried to reach the attorney of the family but were not able to get more information on her condition.
Local sources say that the family came up with the statement the very next day of the news that one of the physicians who was looking after their daughter was suspended and another resigned from the medical facility. Hacienda HealthCare’s former CEO Bill Timmons, resigned on Jan. 7, the sources added.
Authorities came into the facility to investigate the sexual assault and collected samples of DNA from male employees who worked there. No sooner the incident grabbed attention, Hacienda’s CEO resigned from the medical facility.