A patient has had to be cut free from his hospital bed in China and forcibly removed by the police after chaining himself down on his hospital bed and refusing to leave.
A court in Beijing ordered that the man, aged 55 named Chen, should be removed from the hospital after living there for more than three years. But when police turned up at the hospital yesterday's afternoon, they discovered that he had chained himself to the bed railings. Officers were forced to cut the locks and remove a visibly distressed Mr Chen, who still dresses in his hospital-issue pyjamas while struggling with police.
Mr Chen was firstadmitted to the Beijing Jingmei Group Hospital in August 2011 to receive treatment for injuries sustained in a road traffic accident. After being treated, he went home after a month but two months later he returned complaining of pains in his left leg. Again doctors treated him after he was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis and three months later he was ready to go home...
But Mr Chen refused, saying he was in so much pain that he was unable to straighten out his legs. He said it was hospital's responsibility to take care of him and refused to leave, even missing his son's wedding. The hospital stopped providing him with treatment in July 2012, after he was unable to pay any of his medical bills... They were granted a court order earlier this week to have Mr Chen forcibly removed from his hospital bed. It came after teats were carried out that showed he was healthy, even though he disputed that.