Patient jumps from 7th floor

By Drum Digital
04 December 2013

A patient is thought to have committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the Helen Joseph Tertiary Hospital in Westdene.

A patient is thought to have committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor of the Helen Joseph Tertiary Hospital in Westdene, Johannesburg, the Gauteng health department said.

Hospital CEO Dr Raymond Billa said nurses last saw the patient around 05:30 on Tuesday as he was going to the bathroom.

Twenty minutes later they noticed he had not returned to his bed. They opened the bathroom door and found the window open, Billa said.

"As hospital staff searched for the patient a cleaner saw a body lying on the ground floor and immediately alerted the nurses and security."

Police were called to the scene.

The man was brought to the hospital's accident and emergency unit on Saturday after he was believed to have drunk herbal medicine and excessive alcohol at home, spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

He was resuscitated and also treated for organophosphate poisoning.

On Monday he was moved to a medical ward from the hospital's intensive care unit.

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