In Germany, a 72-year-old patient was arrested after twice disconnecting the artificial respirator from her roommate in the hospital. She explained that she was irritated by the noise of the machine.
An unbelievable story. At a hospital in Mannheim, Germany, a 72-year-old patient was arrested after she turned off her 79-year-old roommate’s oxygen because she was fed up with the noise. As explained in the press release published on Thursday 1er December by the public prosecutor’s office and the Mannheim police, the old woman disconnected her neighbour’s artificial respirator for the first time before 8 p.m. complaining of the noise of the machine. The hospital staff intervened, explaining to the patient that her neighbor was dependent on her respiratory assistance, but the septuagenarian, exasperated, did it again an hour later.
“Although the suspect was informed by hospital staff that the oxygen supply was a life-saving measure, she allegedly turned the device off again around 9 p.m.,” can we read in the statement of the prosecution. Following the reckless gesture of the septuagenarian, the patient on a ventilator had to be resuscitated. Her life is no longer in danger, but she remains in intensive care at Mannheim hospital.
Suspect charged with attempted murder
An investigation has been opened. Accused of attempted murder, the 72-year-old patient was brought before an investigating judge at the Mannheim High Court. She was then incarcerated in a correctional institution during the investigation. It is not known why the latter was hospitalized and whether or not her responsibility was impaired, possibly by a neurodegenerative disease.