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Man jumps to death from Lumberton hospital window

Posted June 8, 2010

— A patient at Southeastern Regional Medical Center committed suicide Saturday by jumping from a seventh-floor window, officials said Tuesday.

The unidentified patient forced a window open enough to squeeze through and was able to thwart the attempts of a hospital staff member to pull him back into the room, officials said.

Southeastern Regional is conducting an internal investigation into the incident, officials said.

"Every safety precaution was taken to prevent such an occurrence. Southeastern’s facilities meet all codes as mandated by state and federal guidelines," the hospital said in a statement.


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  • dh714 Jun 9, 2010

    One needs to ask why 3 patients have successfully committed suicide at this institution in the last 2 years.

  • allie19 Jun 8, 2010

    Not watching him as close as they should?? Really?? Do you need a room with padded walls for a dehydrated patient?? You don't stay in the room with them 24/7 in case they get depressed. Yes, you make rounds, but even with hourly rounds he could have done this.

  • allie19 Jun 8, 2010

    Why do the windows even open on the 7th floor?? Thats just ridiculous!! ASKING for an accident.

  • FireFaerie88 aka snugglebunny Jun 8, 2010

    LOL @ 5-113 FA Retired

  • 5-113 FA Retired Jun 8, 2010

    If this had happened at Franklin Regional in Louisburg, a more plausible scenario would be the patient was pushed out the window after being caught using hot water without paying for the hot water upgrade.

  • rhowerton Jun 8, 2010

    why do people want to blame someone for them taking there own life. That was a choice he made.He wan't in suicide watch. So it wasn't the hospital fault. Try the family. Why was he there to start with.

  • Garnerian Jun 8, 2010

    How can your life be that bad that you end it yourself. What a shame.

  • wowww Jun 8, 2010

    wildcat...obviously they would have watched him closely if they thought they had reason to. Our hospital will not pay for closer observation unless like fishnett said, they are on suicide precautions. You cant be in someone's room 24 hours a day.

  • EricaSliver Jun 8, 2010

    Wow! What a traumatic event for the hospital staff member that was trying to pull him back in. So sad for all involved.

  • fishnett5977 Jun 8, 2010

    He must of not been on a suicide watch at the hospital. That is mandatory at any hospital if you come in with that kind of diagnosis. But they didnt say what the diagnosis was so he could have been in for anything and everything but not suicide precautions.