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Woman takes fellow patient off ventilator because of ‘annoying sound’


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A 72-year-old woman has twice turned off the ventilator of a fellow patient in the hospital of the German city of Mannheim. Her 79-year-old roommate survived the incident but still needs intensive care. This is reported by the German newspaper Bild.

According to the newspaper, the woman was particularly disturbed by the sound of her neighbor’s breathing. The 72-year-old therefore switched off the main switch of her fellow patient’s ventilator twice on the same evening. “The hospital staff had already warned her after the first time that the woman was dependent on the medical ventilator,” said Bild.

After the woman was again taken off the ventilator by the irritated woman, she had to be resuscitated. The incident took place last month but was only released by the authorities this week. The 72-year-old woman has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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