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Comatose woman's family has hopes for review

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Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 19:56:05-05

PHOENIX — The parents of an Arizona woman in a vegetative state who gave birth as a result of a rape hope an outside review of the facility where she lived will lead to change.

In a statement Wednesday, attorney John Micheaels says the woman's family expects the independent review of management practices and procedures to be transparent and prevent further patient abuse.

Hacienda HealthCare has hired former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley to lead the investigation.

Micheaels says the family is also disappointed the leaders of Hacienda HealthCare have not apologized for their "inexcusable failure" to protect their daughter.

The victim has been in a vegetative state since age 3.

Phoenix police launched a criminal investigation when she gave birth Dec. 29.