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Patient rescued after threat to jump from Chonburi hospital during two-hour stalemate over visitor policy


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A distraught patient was rescued after threatening to jump off a roof of Chonburi Hospital, but after a two-hour stalemate that reportedly sparked a disagreement over the hospital’s visitor policy, he opted for an easier one. way to get down.

Chonburi police were informed over the weekend that a 38-year-old male patient wanted to jump from the roof of the 3-storey hospital building.

A crowd of nurses and hospital staff watched the confused man on the roof from the ground. It took more than two hours for police and emergency services to talk to the patient and use a crane to help him back to hospital safety.

His family told police he is a cancer patient and does not have Covid19. However, he is upset and stressed as the hospital is not allowing family members to visit patients in the hospital due to the current Covid-19 outbreak. He was reportedly upset that even his family was not allowed to visit him due to the Covid-19 policy at the hospital. Because of this, the patient escaped from his room and climbed to the roof of the hospital in protest at the visitation policy and the inability to see his own family due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Sonthaya Sangthong, a rescue volunteer who approached the patient first, told local reporters that the patient was extremely agitated and stressed by the situation. We managed to help him down with the help of a rescue crane and equipment. It is unclear how he got on the roof in the first place.”

The patient has been placed under observation and further treatment, according to the hospital.

Newsbearer’s Note: If you or someone you know needs mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand via their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline on 1323 (Thai ).

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