Family Of Woman Raped & Impregnated In Vegetative State 'Outraged' & 'Traumatized'

Arizona Woman Raped Gives Birth While Vegetative State

Jan. 9 2019, Updated 2:46 p.m. ET

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An Arizona woman who has been in a vegetative state for over a decade gave birth to a baby boy — and her family is both baffled and heartbroken.

Attorney John Micheaels, told PEOPLE that the woman's family is "outraged, traumatized and in shock by the abuse and neglect of their daughter at Hacienda HealthCare."

As readers has learned, the 29-year-old has been receiving treatment at Phoenix's Hacienda Healthcare since she was a teenager — therefore she was inside the nursing facility when she was raped and impregnated.

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"The family is well aware of the intense news and public interest in their daughter's case, but at this time is not emotionally ready to make a public statement," Michealels told reporters this Tuesday, not revealing the woman's name.

The lawyer said that while the family is still working with the center and with investigators to find the woman's abuser, her newborn boy was "born into a loving family and will be well cared for."

John Micheaels

The new mother — who is still in a vegetative state — is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona. After learning of her news, the tribe shared a press release saying they were "shocked and horrified" by the abuse.

"When you have a loved one committed to palliative care, when they are most vulnerable and dependent upon others, you trust their caretakers. Sadly, one of her caretakers was not to be trusted and took advantage of her," said Chairman of the tribe, Terry Rambler. "It is my hope that justice will be served."

Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz told PEOPLE they are cooperating with law enforcement but releasing no further details on the incident.

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