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By Minyvonne Burke
There was an incapacitated female patient in Arizona who gave birth even though no one in her long-term care center realized she was pregnant "violently and persistently" and maybe she had to infuse her The front, the family claim in court documents
In a $ 45 million claim notice – the first step in a possible legal case against the state – the woman's family said doctors who examined her the day she gave birth found signs that this was not the time her first conception.
The audit found that rolls were old and which had already been improved they were not "caused due to this distribution," the court document said.
The woman had been in care at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix since she was 3 years old in 1992, having been diagnosed with damage to the brain with psychological and partial slowdown to total blindness, the claim notice says.
She was 29 in December 2018, giving birth to a little boy.
A member of Hacienda staff who had been caring for her, Nathan Sutherland, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and abuse of vulnerable adults in January. He has pleaded not guilty to the accusations.
The attorney who represented the woman and his parents told NBC contact company KPNX that she was surprised to see her family that she could have infused from the front.
"That was the view of the person who examined her," said the attorney John Micheaels. "At least, there were repeated problems", which were evident due to physical scars.
"How a certain person of a previous pregnancy, I don't know," he added.
The family claim that the facility failed to realize that she was pregnant even though she showed obvious physical signs.
"Hacienda's staff failed to assess or diagnose the hardening of the abdomen (the girl), her considerable weight gain, and her infected genitalia to lower extremes," the document is He noted, instead, that claiming carers treated him for constipation and reduced his caloric character because of the weight he had to get.
According to the claim notice, the family believed that the woman had raped several times and that the sexual assaults could have been happening for months, if not years.
The woman's mother had asked her daughter that she would only be cared for by female workers. The state agreed with the facility to honor the mother's wishes, but did not follow the claims document.
The claim is seeking a $ 25 million settlement for the woman and $ 10 million each for her parents.
The state, Office of the Attorney General, confirmed to NBC News that it had received the claim notice and had rejected comments, noting that the state represented this issue in this matter.
NBC News also came to Hacienda HealthCare for comments but did not hear back immediately.