A police officer and a correctional services officer worked relentlessly to save a life when they persuaded a 41-year-old patient off Rob Ferreira Hospital’s roof after he had threatened to jump off the building in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.
Mpumalanga department of health spokesperson Dumisani Malamule said the man was admitted to the intensive care unit with a medical condition last week, Lowvelder reported.
He was then transferred to a medical ward on Tuesday where he was recovering. On Wednesday, at around 7am, he caused a disturbance by running through various wards before climbing onto the roof.
Police spokesperson Captain Dawie Pretorius said correctional services officer Joe Mashaba was guarding a prisoner in the hospital. Shortly after arriving for his shift, he heard someone breaking furniture in another ward. The officer came upon the patient and a chase ensued. He ran into the sluice room where he climbed onto a basin and then into the ceiling, causing damage to the structure. He then climbed onto the roof.
“Meantime Mashaba was pursuing him, he urged the man to calm down as he was scaring the other patients, but the man kept running away from Mashaba,” Pretorius said.
While the patient was on the hospital roof, he threatened to jump. This was when police and other emergency rescue services were called to assist.
“Colonel Brian Muller arrived and climbed onto the roof to try and help talk the patient down with Mashaba. Finally the patient’s wife was called and they persuaded him to climb off the roof to talk to her,” Pretorius said. “The police would like to congratulate those involved in this heroic rescue.”
Malamule said the patient was sedated and admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric unit where he would be observed for the next 72 hours. He said the patient’s wife confirmed that her husband had not suffered from any mental conditions previously.
“He did not sustain any injuries during the incident but he caused a lot of damage to the ward,” Malamule said.
“The department would like to thank the whole team which acted promptly to save a life,” he concluded.
– Caxton News Service