FOR ALMOST half-an-hour on Tuesday evening, MY Hospital was shaken when a mentally unstable patient, admitted to the neuro ward on the third floor Monday night, tried to jump from the sixth floor. However, hospital staff’s timely intervention saved the day.
The as yet unidentified patient, bearing a tattoo ‘Ramnath’ on his hand, has a head injury. He reached a ledge via a broken window and was sitting precariously on the corner, a few inches short of falling to death. Employees from the laundry department, near the PWD office at the back of the hospital, saw him and rushed to the rescue.
The staff members pulled him back safely after which he was brought to the CMOs office on the ground floor. The patient could not say much and whatever he did say was incoherent. He was later sent back to his bed in the third floor ward. During the entire exercise, there was a melee in the hospital what with almost everyone wanting to have a look at the rescue operation.
M Y Superintendent Dr D K Jain said, “The patient was apparently deranged. He also had a head injury. A window was broken through which he reached the ledge.” When asked why he was not monitored when he left his ward to reach the 6th floor, “We cannot possibly keep such patients under chains. The patients are allowed to roam freely. There was nobody with him to see where he was going.”