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Patient turns off roommate’s ventilator because it was too noisy

Patient turns off roommate's ventilator because it was too noisy

According to investigators, a 72-year-old German woman became irritated with the noise her hospital roommate’s ventilator was producing and decided to turn it off, nearly killing the patient.


In connection with the incident earlier this week at a hospital in the southwest German city of Mannheim, the 72-year-old woman has been taken into custody on suspicion of attempted manslaughter.

Officials said that the suspect allegedly switched off the switch to the noisy equipment, which she was informed was essential for her 79-year-old roommate.

A joint press release by the Mannheim police and public prosecutor’s office revealed that the woman turned off the ventilator before 8pm because she “was disturbed by the noise coming from the oxygen device.”


The statement read, “Despite the suspect being warned by hospital staff that the oxygen supply was an essential measure, she is believed to have turned the device off again at 9pm.”

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According to the authorities, the 79-year-old patient had to be revived, and she is receiving intensive care.

On Wednesday, the suspect was hauled to court and booked into jail.


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