Patient found hanging from tree outside hospital

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A patient was found hanging from a tree outside the Shongwe Hospital, in Schoemansdal in Nkomazi on Thursday morning.

THE PATIENT REPORTEDLY DISCHARGED HIMSELF EARLIER

According to the police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala the patient, a young man, was admitted to the hospital.

“According to the information at around 08h00 am police and the paramedics received information from members of the public about a lifeless body of a man in the bushes.

“Upon arrival at the scene, the young man was found hanging on a tree whilst wearing the attire normally worn by patients in the hospital.”

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala

Mohlala said the patient was declared dead on the scene.

Patient found hanging from tree outside hospital
Patient found hanging from tree outside hospital Photo: GoogleMap

THE PATIENT WAS DECLARED DEAD ON THE SCENE

“An inquest case is being investigated by the police. Preliminary investigation has since revealed that the 21-year-old man, who has not yet been identified by his family, was earlier admitted as a patient at Shongwe Hospital. He reportedly discharged himself earlier in the morning without permission from the authorities at the hospital.”

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The Provincial Commissioner SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela made a clarion call upon young people to make use of social services for their well-being whenever they are troubled with life issues.

“Young people are the future of our country. It is, therefore, sad that this incident ironically happened at the time in which the country celebrates youth day. We urge young people to seek professional help whenever they are faced with life challenges.”

Brigadier Selvy Mohlala

ARE YOU CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE? THERE IS HELP

Are you contemplating suicide? Don’t suffer in silence – reach out for help by contacting the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) on 0800 567 567. They’re available 24 hours a day.

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