Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Lift Accident- Porters not to Blame

There has been a freak accident in a Spanish maternity hospital that has resulted in the grisly death of a young mother. Rocio Cortes Nunes had just successfully delivered her third child and was being transported between the floors of the Virgen de Valme Hospital in Seville, Spain. The porter had wheeled the "stretcher" into a lift. This could be a mistranslation because post-natal mothers are usually moved on full-sized beds. I was a maternity porter for nine years, see: http://hpanwo-hpwa.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/odo.html. The lift wouldn't move even though the doors opened and closed properly, so the porter began wheeling the vehicle out of the lift. When it was half in and half out the lift moved with the doors still open and Mrs Nunes was caught in the gap. These are preliminary reports based on witness testimony. Nothing official has been released by the hospital. Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/843675/woman-cut-half-lift-hospital-Spain-tragedy-accident-faulty. Obviously I'm very sad for Mrs Nunes and for her surviving family, especially her newborn daughter Triana. I hope the lifts are repaired so that this can never happen again. One thing is pretty clear though, the porter was not to blame in any way.