Doctors, nurses and the whole medical personnel are those who we relied on the most since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year. Those are the people who dedicated their lives and sometimes have to work for days and nights in saving other people’s lives. And they should be protected at any cost.
But in an incident that took place last week, one patient forgot who was taking care of him while he was in hospital when he attacked pregnant nurse while she was taking care of another patient, an incident that resulted with losing her baby.
According to multiple reports, the incident took place to South Seminole Hospital Behavioral Health Unit in Florida on Oct. 30. The local police department in an announcement said that officers were dispatched to the hospital following a 911 call regarding nurse being attacked by a patient.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they learned that the incident occurred to one of the hospital rooms that was full with patients in the behavioral health unit. Reportedly, one of the hospital nurses was administering medication to a patient when out of a sudden, another patient attacked her for no apparent reason or motive behind.
The attacker was identified as the 53-year-old J. Wuerz and he reportedly shoved the unidentified nurse against a wall inside the hospital room and attempted to kick her. Luckily, several other hospital workers were just outside the room and they immediately got inside and were able to restrain Wuerz.
The hospital nurse whose identity was not released by the authorities, was 32 weeks pregnant “at the time of the attack.” Obviously concerned that her unborn baby might got hurt as a result of the attack, she headed to the nearest hospital for medical examination. Unfortunately, she was told that she lost the baby and there was nothing to be done.
The local authorities didn’t reveal the motive behind the attack and it still remains unclear why the patient attacked the nurse who was actually taking care of him during his stay at the hospital.
Wuerz was released from hospital three days later on Tuesday and he was immediately arrested and taken to jail. He is now facing multiple charges including manslaughter—injuring a mother and killing an unborn child, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and aggravated battery on a medical worker.
The police were not able to provide more details regarding the case as they say the investigation about the case is still active.
The attacker has been jailed and held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Florida, on $90,000 bail. He is scheduled to make his first appearance in court on January 11, 2022.
Officials with the hospital where the incident took place confirmed they are fully cooperating with the police department in completely resolving the case.