Hospital patient plummets 40ft to his death despite staff clinging on to him for 10 MINUTES in a bid to prevent him from falling
- Wriggled free from staff's clutches before landing head first
Last updated at 11:21 PM on 2nd March 2012
A hospital patient plummeted to his death from the fourth-floor after leaping out of a window on his ward.
The man - who has not been named - jumped from the West Block of the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham yesterday.
But heroic staff quickly grabbed hold of his legs, halting his fall from the 40ft high window.
Shock: Several witnesses saw the man smash through the window, pictured, before forcing himself loose and tumbling to the ground
But after 10 agonising minutes the man managed to kick himself free and dropped to the ground.
Staff rushed to his aid, but he was pronounced dead at 2.30pm.
A picture taken by a shocked onlooker showed the human-sized gap in a window where the man had leapt to his death after smashing his way through the pane of glass.
Medical equipment could be seen littering the ground directly below the window with the car park covered in glass.
Louise Bowler, 24, from Aspley, Nottingham, had just been discharged from the hospital when she watched the horror unfold.
Fatal: The man jumped from a window on the fourth floor at Queens Medical Centre
'He was face down up there for around ten minutes and the nurses had hold of him.
'Everyone down here was shouting ‘don’t do it’. Then one of his legs got free and I screamed.
“I turned around and just saw him drop. He tried to put his arms down as he landed.'
She added: 'It was the most horrendous thing I have seen in my life. It must have been horrible for the nurses. Just seeing someone’s life go like that, it’s tragic.'
Police cordoned off the scene yesterday afternoon while investigations were carried out.
A third-year medical student at the University of Nottingham also stood in shock at the scene.
The 20-year-old man, who asked not to be named, said: 'It’s quite surreal.
'You think of a hospital as a place where you go to get better in a safe environment. When you see something like this out of the blue it’s shocking.'
Peter Homa, chief executive for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'It is with great sadness that we report that a patient has died from what is understood to be a determined attempt to jump from a fourth-storey window at the Queen’s Medical Centre.
'We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family at this very distressing time.'