Staff at Stellenbosch Hospital have been left baffled after a man’s body was found in the hospital ceiling‚ two weeks after his mysterious disappearance from his hospital bed.
Western Cape health department spokesman‚ Mark van der Heever‚ said the 61-year-old was admitted to the hospital on October 5 after he underwent abdominal surgery at Paarl Hospital.
“Prior to his disappearance a nurse was attending to him‚” said Van der Heever. “When she went to get clean linen‚ the patient disappeared.”
He said hospital management and SAPS immediately started looking for him after they were informed of his disappearance.
“Sadly‚ the patient’s body was discovered 13 days later in an isolated area in the ceiling‚ which is difficult to reach‚” said Van der Heever.