“In special lives, we make a difference.”
This is the motto that an Arizona based healthcare facility champions as their most important principle. According to their website, Hacienda Healthcare provides services for over 2,550 people every year.
The same Phoenix facility in charge of preserving the lives of so many defenseless patients, turned out to be a horror house for one unsuspecting woman. Recently, after over a decade in a vegetative state, one Hacienda patient gave birth.
Like many, I read those words with pure shock and sadness. How is it that a woman in this condition can consent to sex? The answer, she absolutely COULD NOT. This entire situation begs questions about how we protect our most vulnerable members of society, even from those who are supposed to be there to help.
By no means should this pregnancy have gone undetected. Detailed in her medical records, one doctor indicated the patient had a firm belly. That’s it? Why weren’t further tests done? Instances like these provide little answer but leave many questions.
How you all feel about this topic. Please comment below and feel free to use these questions as a guide, or even ask your own:
How could this sexual assault have been prevented?
Should other families remove their loved ones from this facility, or is this just a one off?
What should happen regarding the child?