Man stuck in hospital lift, almost asphyxiated

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A man almost died of asphyxiation after being stuck in a lift yesterday at Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, witnesses told Tuoi Tre.

The lift (right) in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thong Nhat Hospital in which Le Van Nhut was stuck for more than half an hour yesterday Photo: Tuoi Tre

At 10:45 am, Le Van Nhut of Binh Thanh District, who went to the hospital to visit a relative, was in a lift when it suddenly stopped working after reaching the fifth floor.

He said he pressed the emergency button but that did not work either and then began to shout for help.

Feeling suffocated, he managed to force the two doors slightly apart to breath the air from outside while continuing to scream for help.

More than 30 minutes later, a patient who went past and heard his cries reported to the hospital security.

Hospital staff who arrived at the scene too failed to force the open and had to lift Nhut out of the top of the lift.

When Tuoi Tre visited the hospital later that afternoon, two lifts, including the one in which Nhut was stuck, were inoperative.

Many people have been stuck in the lifts, some patients told Tuoi Tre.

Nguyen Duc Cong, the hospital director, said: “The lifts occasionally get stuck. We are buying two new lifts to replace them.”

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