A 20-year-old man went berserk in the maternity ward at the Nahariya’s Western Galilee Hospital and began attacking his estranged wife and attending nurses, the hospital’s management said on Sunday.
According to hospital management, the man arrived at the hospital Sunday morning several hours after his 19-year-old estranged wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Hospital staff reported that the man appeared to be on edge and something about his behavior seemed suspicious. Nurses accompanied the man to the delivery room and immediately after he entered he began throwing random objects at his estranged wife.
At this point the nurses began struggling to restrain the man, who then attacked them while they called hospital security for assistance. Eventually, security guards managed to subdue the man, who was held until police arrived.
A representative of the hospital management told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that after the incident took place it was reported by the hospital to the Health Ministry and that the hospital held a hearing on Sunday to determine if there were any security mishaps that led to the situation.
He added that in the case where a specific threat is made against a patient the hospital works to make sure police are on hand to protect the patient and that by and large the hospital has increased the presence of security personnel to protect patients and hospital staff from physical violence.