Hospital beds 300.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A 20-year-old man began behaving erratically in the maternity ward at the
Western Galilee Hospital, attacking his estranged wife and attending nurses, the
hospital’s management said on Sunday.
According to hospital officials,
the man arrived at the maternity ward Sunday morning, several hours after his
19-year-old estranged wife gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Staff at the
Nahariya hospital 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 objects at his
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
A representative of the hospital management told The Jerusalem
on Sunday that after the incident took place the hospital reported it to
the Health Ministry and that it also held a hearing on Sunday to determine if
there were any security mishaps that led to the situation.
He added that
in a 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.