‘You killed my dad, I’m going to kill you’ Patient shouts before attacking late father’s doctor with a crossbow bolt

A doctor was in his consultation room writing up his notes when a patient came in armed with a crossbow and fired a bolt into his stomach, a court heard today.

Dr Gary Griffith said that before Mark Waterfall fired the metal tipped bolt, he told him: ‘You killed my father and I am going to kill you.’

The GP the pulled the bolt from his abdomen and inspected the wound while sitting in his surgery chair, St Albans Crown Court heard.

He told a jury: ‘Although the wound was gaping it hadn’t gone into the colon.. I had to pull the wound apart to check if it had gone into the bowel. I was still sitting down and I removed the arrow and put it on my desk. I pulled the wound apart to see how far it had gone in.’

As he did so, he said Mr Waterfall looked down at the floor ‘dejected’ and, realising he had failed to kill him, said: ‘I can’t even get that right.’

Waterfall, 46, of South Oxhey, Hertfordshire, is on trial after pleading not guilty to a charge of attempted murder.

The court heard that, five days before the crossbow incident, the doctor had seen Mr Waterfall’s father Terrence at the surgery, who was complaining of ‘breathlessness.’

The doctor had arranged for him to attend Watford General Hospital, where he had died the following day.

Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew told the court that Waterfall drove to Dr Griffith’s Suthergrey House Medical Centre in Watford on July 10 last year.

The doctor told the jury he had been seeing patients since 7.20am but that, at 11am, Waterfall burst in.

‘He stepped into the room and was pointing something at me,’ said the doctor.

He said he couldn’t tell immediately what it was because it was wrapped in two plastic carrier bags, but when Waterfall pulled away the bags he realised it was a loaded crossbow.

Dr Griffith said: ‘He had been my patient for 10 years years. I recognised him immediately. He just seemed furious,’ he said.

He said Waterfall told him: ‘You killed my father and I am going to kill you.’

The GP went on: ‘His fist was clenched, it was like his whole body was clenched.’

The doctor said from a distance of about five feet, Waterfall fired the bolt at him which entered the left side of his abdomen while he was still sitting in his swivel chair.

He believes he was saved because the bolt’s impact was softened by the folds of his shirt, which he had loosened due to the hot weather.

The court was told after firing the bolt and realising he hadn’t killed the doctor, Waterfall dropped the crossbow on the floor and left the consultation room.

After the doctor removed the bolt from his own stomach, he followed him outside and tried to stop him from getting into his car by talking to him.

‘I tried to persuade him to go to the police station round the corner. I said I will come with you. I wasn’t sure if he had anything else on him,’ he said.

Waterfall told him he had ‘murdered’ his father, adding: ‘You have been sending me to a loony bin for 30 years.’

The doctor then went back inside the surgery and called the police. A colleague dress his wound.


Doctor leaves cellphone in woman after delivering her baby

A bizarre story has shocked the small nation of Jordan when a doctor left his cellphone inside a woman after he had performed a cesarean section, it has been claimed. The woman had delivered her son at a private hospital in Jordan.

According to Daily Mail, shortly afterwards, when she was back home, she suffered from abdominal pain.

“My daughter suffered serious pains and could not move. I brought her back to the hospital where she was treated but nothing was done for her,” said the woman’s mother.

After an x-ray was conducted, it was found that she had a cellphone inside her. Doctors quickly operated, removing the phone. An MP called for the government to step down after the medical blunder was discussed in parliament.

He said: “In countries which show respect to their nations, and following such scandals, governments usually resign. The parliament should show responsibility and be on the level of the case.”


US doctor gives first interview since surviving Ebola

A US doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and survived after weeks of intensive treatment in Atlanta is speaking out for the first time in an interview published Sunday.

Ian Crozier — who until now has remained anonymous in news accounts of his treatment, at his request — said he cannot remember the first three weeks he spent in an isolation ward at Emory Hospital, where he was near death from the hemorrhagic virus.

But the doctor, who was in Sierra Leone to help fight the epidemic that has now killed more than 6,000 in West Africa, has read his chart.

“It’s a horrible-looking chart,” he told The New York Times.

Crozier and his relatives said they gave the interviews to raise awareness of the continuing epidemic and to thank the medical team who saved his life.

And despite his grave illness and fears of permanent brain damage — Crozier says he feels his mind working slower than before — the Zimbabwe-born doctor says he hopes to return to West Africa to continue treating Ebola patients within the next few months.

“There’s still a great deal left to be done,” he said, noting that his recovery should mean he is immune to future infection with the virus.

The latest data on the West African outbreak, the worst known spread of the virus since it was discovered in the 1970s, showed the epidemic was far from over, with an increase in cases reported in Sierra Leone and Guinea, but a drop in Liberia.

Crozier contracted with the World Health Organization and went to Sierra Leone in August.

He describes the horrors of the understaffed isolation wards there, but also tells of patients who helped each other pull through — including a group of three brothers who he initially thought were too sick to survive.

“They were this little band of brothers,” he said, and “they just sort of pushed each other through it.” All three boys survived.

Grozier fell ill in September and spent 40 days in the US hospital. He was the “by far sickest patient” Emory has treated for Ebola, Jay Varkey, an infectious-disease specialist, told the Times.

Doctors used aggressive techniques, including dialysis and ventilators, to keep him alive as the virus ravaged his body and shut down his kidneys.

“One of the things Ian taught us was, guess what, you can get sick enough to need those interventions and you can still walk out of the hospital,” said Emory team leader Bruce Ribner.

Crozier also received a blood transfusion from a British nurse who had survived Ebola — an experimental treatment that may help transfer antibodies that fight the illness to the patient.

The 44-year-old is now back in Phoenix with his family, recovering his strength after losing nearly 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of mainly muscle while sick.

Friendly doctors are bad for you

Sixty per cent of respondents said if doctors felt too close to their patients, it could prevent them from making objective decisions about a person’s care, the Times reported.

Lesley Fallowfield, of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, said: ‘Oncology is a specialty that can be enormously rewarding but is fraught with many challenges.

‘Young oncologists have to master dealing with anxious patients who are facing a life-threatening disease; conveying the true prognosis; discussing the complexity of modern treatments; and explaining the unavailability of some drugs, the side-effects of treatment, and likely therapeutic.

But she said for those doctors who have entered the profession in the age of the ‘cyber world’, are more likely to fall victim to blurring the professional boundaries with patients.

She said: ‘The difficulty, if you hug and kiss patients, if you allow them to call you by your first name, is that quickly the relationship can become confused as a social one rather than a professional one.

‘Doctors become confused, “I really like this person, how can I bear to tell them that they’re going to die?” ‘They find it more difficult to be objective.’

Professor Fallowfield said while doctors can find it harder to be truthful, and break bad news to patients, blurring the professional lines can impact on the patient’s  behaviour too.

She said those being treated can ‘feel intimidated about complaining’, or fail to raise issues regarding unpleasant side effects of treatment, which could prove vitally important.

The study found half of doctors questioned had given patients their personal mobile numbers, a fifth had accepted social invitations from patients and 14 per cent had accepted them as friends on Facebook.

A spokesman for the General Medical Council, which regulates doctors, said: ‘The rise in the use of social media also brings new challenges and doctors must consider the risks involved and the impact it could have on the relationship with their patients.

‘Our guidance explains that the standards expected of doctors do not change because they are communicating through social media rather than face-to-face.’

Source : Daily mail


Ebola kills Liberia doctor despite ZMapp treatment

A Liberian doctor has died despite taking an experimental anti-Ebola drug, Liberia’s information minister says.

Abraham Borbor was one of three doctors in Liberia who had been given ZMapp and were showing signs of recovery.

ZMapp has been credited with helping several patients recover, including two US doctors.

More than 1,400 people have died from Ebola this year in four West African countries – Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Dr Borbor “was showing signs of improvement but yesterday (Sunday) he took a turn for the worse,” Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told the BBC.

READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28925491

Ebola claims another top doctor in West Africa

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A second senior doctor has died from the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed more than 670 people in west Africa. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died on Tuesday in Sierra Leone.

His death follows that of prominent Liberian doctor Samuel Brisbane at the weekend where two American health workers are currently hospitalized with the disease.

The outbreak is described as the largest in history with deaths also reported in Guinea and Nigeria.

Meanwhile a major West African airline has stopped flying to Liberia and Sierra Leone amid growing concerns over the outbreak. Asky said it took the decision to keep “its passengers and staff safe during this unsettling time”.