Isabel had come out of surgery for two lumbar hernias and was lying in her hospital bed on the 4th floor of Granada’s main hospital when a young man came in. This 56-year-old woman was the only one in the room because her ward companion had been taken down for surgery and her daughter had just left for work after visiting.
At first Isabel though that the man, aged between 25 and 30, worked in the hospital as he stooped down to go through her companions bedside draws, but she realised that he was a common thief when he yanked her telephone charger with mobile attached, out of the socket.
She tried to stop him, hanging onto his coat, and at the same time screaming for help. But the intruder shoved he back so hard that she fell out of the other side of the bed. Poor Isabel still had drainage tubes inside her, which were ripped out causing damage to the operation wound.
As she lay there in agony he made good his escape.
As a result of the encounter she had to be taken back down to the operating theatre to have the incision reopened by removing the stitches and the parts of the drainage system that had been left removed.
The problem is that these main hospitals are ‘open door’ ones meaning that no control is kept over visitors… or those pretending to be visitors. Consequently, theft is rife because these thieves have no scruples about stealing from the infirm. However, this is the first time that a theft had been accompanied by physical violence.
On a positive note it is only a question of time before this culprit is identified and located because the hospital is full of security cameras.
(News: Metropolitan Area, Granada, Andalucia)