Cape Town – Police and forensic teams have reportedly launched an investigation after a 33-year-old male patient fell to his death from the seventh floor of the Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital building in Bloemfontein.
Reports indicated that the man, who had sustained major burns to his face, neck, right shoulder and left hand, was transferred to the hospital from Dr JS Moroka District Hospital on July 17
In the early hours of Friday, he was found “lying on the floor in a pool of blood in the corridor leading to the admissions office”, by a security officer, News24 quoted department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi as saying.
The incident happened at around 03:30.
The man had not shown any breathing complications and was not confused or suicidal.
“The patient was not confused at any point and did not exhibit signs of alcohol or substance withdrawal. He remained fully conscious and was interactive with ward staff. There was no suicidal ideation and and no psychosis,” Mvambi said, as quoted by Times Live.
The report said that the police were informed about the incident. Their arrival was followed by that of the criminal investigation detective and forensics team, who removed the body from the scene.
The patient’s family was also informed and “they accepted what happened and were offered psychosocial support”, Mvambi said.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu