Oct 28, 2008 News
Pandemonium broke out at the Georgetown Public Hospital in the wee hours of yesterday when a patient of the institution stabbed himself in the neck four times, shortly after 02:00 hours.
Reports are that at around 4:30 hours yesterday, a man, identified as Antonio Smith, died as he was being prepared for surgery after he had reportedly stabbed himself in the neck.
Kaieteur News was told that the 39-year-old Smith, of 135 King Edward Street, Albouystown, had to be restrained by nurses on duty after he had stabbed himself. At the time he was a patient of the Male Medical Ward.
The injured man was subsequently rushed to the hospital emergency room for treatment. Smith had been admitted to the institution since October 2, and in the days before he died he had exhibited depression.
He was diagnosed as having non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. A source said that his relatives, in the initial stages of his hospitalization, had taken meals for him and may have brought him a sharp instrument, such as a knife, unwittingly providing him with a deadly weapon.
Mr Leslie Cadogan, Deputy Director of Medical Services at the Georgetown Public Hospital, said that the hospital has a policy that prohibits people from entering the compound with dangerous weapons.
He said that this matter is being investigated. He added that the hospital may have to review the policy of allowing eating utensils other than metal into the wards.
Meanwhile, this newspaper was told that the man’s action may have been prompted by a prolonged illness with which he was plagued. Reports are that the man was diagnosed with some form of cancer.
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