A male nurse has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault after a woman who has been in a coma for 14 years gave birth.

Phoenix Police announced that Nathan Sutherland, 36, who was employed at the Hacienda HealthCare centre in Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested today after his DNA “matched the man. 

Chief Jeri Williams said the hospital worker was responsible for caring for the patient during the time she was sexually assaulted.

The 29-year-old mother was a patient at the 60-bed care facility and has been in a vegetative state for more than a decade after nearly drowning.