(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
An argument which erupted between two elderly, female patients in a Kfar Saba hospital over the volume of a radio ended in tragedy overnight Wednesday, with one of the two patients dead, one visiting family member wounded and another arrested.
Officials at Meir Hospital reported that the argument between the two patients turned violent when the son of one of the patients attacked a member of the other patient's family. By the time the fight had been broken up, the condition of the patient who had wanted to listen to the radio had worsened, and she died during the night due to complications.
According to reports, the attacker, a 46-year-old Herzliya man, first yelled at the family member of the other patient, then pushed her, and then threw the radio to the floor. When medical staff arrived at the scene, the attacker began to yell at them, too. Police were summoned, and a struggle ensued. The officers managed to detain the man only after spraying him twice with pepper spray.
The man was detained by the police and later arrested on charges of public disorder and attacking a hospital nurse.
"At this time, we are unable to prove the connection between the death of the patient and what happened in the hospital room, and therefore the suspect is not charged with anything connected to her death," Police Commander Maurice Harosh said.