On Monday evening, a deranged man tried to take revenge on a hospital by attempting to set a nurse and the entire building on fire with a bottle of gasoline, fortunately several onlookers reacted quickly and saved the day.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:00 p.m. last night inside the surgery building of Baoji Central Hospital. A nurse named Li Ming took the elevator to the third floor after fetching some medicine downstairs. Suddenly, the other passenger inside the elevator dragged her to the ground by her hair and then splashed gasoline all over her body, threatening that he would burn down the hospital.
When the elevator arrived at the third floor, Li began screaming for help. The man, surnamed Da, started beating her viciously on the head to make her stop. Just in time, another nurse and some visiting relatives of hospitalized patients teamed up and pinned Da to the floor, taking the bottle of gasoline away from him.
While, frightened, Li doesn’t seem to have sustained any serious injuries in the terrifying incident, which makes her luckier than this Guangxi doctor who was splashed with gasoline and set ablaze by an angry patient last year.
At the time of the incident there were 1,053 people inside the hospital, including doctors, patients and family members, NetEase reports.
Officials at the hospital told reporters that Da’s mother had been admitted into the hospital on February 14th for a problem with her brain. Doctors advised her family to help watch over her, but on February 16th she slipped out and went missing. On March 6th, police found her corpse by a riverside; she had slit her own wrists.
Afterward, her family paid numerous visits to the hospital demanding compensation. The hospital wanted the case to go to court, but the family refused to file charges. Apparently they came up with a better way of getting back at the hospital.
This kind of thing seems to be business as usual for Chinese doctors who have to deal with semi-regular attacks from angry patients and family members. Earlier this week, a family of a deceased child forced doctors at a hospital in Shenzhen to kneel and pay their respects by burning paper money offerings on the hospital floor.
After a string of similar incidents in recent years, along with their medical training, many doctors across China are now being trained in self-defense to protect themselves from their knife-wielding patients.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]