Patient rescued after threatening to jump off Chonburi Hospital roof during two-hour standoff over visitor policy

Chonburi –

A patient has been rescued after threatening to jump from a Chonburi Hospital roof over the past weekend, following a two-hour standoff reportedly sparked over a disagreement on the hospital visitor policy.

You can see the video version of this news below:

The Mueang Chonburi Police was notified of the incident on Saturday (June 26th). They and The Pattaya News arrived at the scene to find a 38-year-old male patient on the three-story building roof. His name was withheld per Pattaya News policies for people suffering mental duress. A crowd of nurses and hospital staff was watching the man, who was shirtless, from the ground.

It took more than two hours for police and emergency responders to talk to and help the patient back inside the safety of the hospital with the support of field equipment.

The patient’s relatives told police he is a cancer patient and does not have Covid-19. He is upset and stressed, however, as the hospital does not allow relatives to visit patients in the hospital due to the current Covid -19 outbreak. He was reportedly upset that even his family was not allowed to visit him due to Covid-19 policies in place at the hospital. This caused the patient to escape his room and climb to the roof of the hospital in protest of the visitation policies and inability to see his own family due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Mr. Sonthaya Sangthong, a rescue volunteer who first approached the patient, told The Pattaya News, “The patient was extremely agitated and stressed over the situation. We managed to assist him down with the help of a rescue crane and equipment. It is unclear how he managed to get to the roof to begin with.”

The patient has been placed under observation and further treatment according to the hospital.

If you or anyone you know is in need of mental health services, please contact the Samaritans of Thailand at their 24-hour hotline 02-713-6791 (English), 02713-6793 (Thai) or Thai Mental Health Hotline at 1323 (Thai).

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on two years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket except when commuting between the two.