Patient’s relatives beat up nurse at Makkah hospital
A Saudi nurse at Hera General Hospital had her leg broken by six women, Makkah daily reported.
The women were related to a patient she was looking after, hospital sources told the newspaper.
Jumeah Mishal Al-Otaibi, the nurse, said she was asked by the patient’s son to remove the tape on the ventilator’s tube, which, according to the son, was not secured properly and causing harm to his mother.
She explained to the son that she should call the doctor first.
The moment she got into her office and pick up the phone to make the call, the son was right in front of her, she said.
Furious, he started racially abusing Al-Otaibi.
“He told me he would beat me up if I were a man,” she said.
He then left and returned shortly after with two of his sisters who started cursing Al-Otaibi.
“I asked them to be polite and told them they could take up their complaint with the doctor.
“They did not listen to a word I said.”
Suddenly, the two women jumped on Al-Otaibi and started beating her while one of them tried to remove her headscarf.
“All this happened in front of the other nurses and the security guard, who all stood there watching,” she said.
Just when she thought they would stop, another four women, related to the patient, also started assaulting her.
One of them trampled on Al-Otaibi’s left leg, breaking it.
A female security guard said the women attacked the nurse in front of the supervising doctor, who did not do anything.
Police officers eventually broke up the fight.
Al-Otaibi was rushed to Al-Zahir Hospital where she was treated for a leg fracture and contusions.