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Nurse attacked: Viennese rioted on Corona station

Because he did not get the medication for his schizophrenia during his stay in the Corona ward of a Vienna hospital, a 26-year-old man attacked a sister on March 25th. The Viennese was not sane at the time of the crime, a jury had to decide on Tuesday about the admission to an institution for mentally abnormal lawbreakers.

The 26-year-old was admitted to the Vienna Wilhelminenspital on March 24th on suspicion of being infected with the corona virus. His mother - a nurse herself - called the ambulance because the young man had a psychotic flare-up after stopping the medication a week earlier. Due to the catatonia typical of the disease, a kind of cramped state of the muscles, he began to sweat and had a high fever. Since the helpers at the beginning of the pandemic thought more of an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the 26-year-old did not come to a psychiatric ward, but in isolation in a normal ward.

He was still not given any medication for his schizophrenia. The 26-year-old could no longer say that he suffered from a mental illness because of his poor condition. According to the attacked sister, who testified as a witness, he was "neurologically normal". 24 hours later, the man was already looking limp and apathetic when the nurse and a nurse took care of the body. According to the psychiatric court expert Peter Hofmann, this catatonia leads to life-threatening conditions. Those affected no longer move, there is a high fever, the electrolytes can derail completely and that could ultimately lead to cardiac arrest, explained the expert.

When the two nurses had finished washing and changing clothes, the 26-year-old suddenly turned to the sister, before he hadn't said a word for hours. "I was thinking more of a depression," said the nurse. He said he wanted to tell her a secret, but the nurse shouldn't know. Since the patient looked weak and anxious, the nurse went out of the room, but waited to be on the safe side in front of the slightly opened door.

Suddenly the Viennese changed his character, grabbed the sister's neck with both hands and squeezed hard. The woman only managed to release herself briefly from the massive grip and briefly scream for help. The nurse heard this, who ran back into the room and saw the patient lying on his colleague's bed and choking her.

The nurse pressed the emergency number, called out loud for help and jumped from behind on the 26-year-old to dissuade him from his attack. The 26-year-old tried to get rid of the nurse on his back by banging him against a box. "I thought to myself that if my colleague couldn't do that, I would lose consciousness," said the 45-year-old. Although the patient now loosened his grip, he immediately grabbed a butter knife on the breakfast tray and stabbed the woman several times. She suffered several stab wounds and cuts in the head area and on the left forearm. Her larynx was bruised from the severe choking and she suffered from congestion-related swelling of the face in the area of ​​the eyelids. It took less than a minute for him to let go of the woman. "If I hadn't intervened, my colleague would definitely be dead," said the nurse. Had the 26-year-old been sane, the act would have been rated as attempted murder.

According to the psychiatric expert Peter Hofmann, the man suffers from undifferentiated schizophrenia with paranoid and catatonic components. It can be assumed that the Viennese will again commit criminal acts with serious consequences such as serious and deliberate bodily harm and even homicide. With such a surge, those affected lose "completely control", the whole thing is then "uncontrollable". The 26-year-old couldn't remember the attack. "I should never have stopped taking the medication," he said. Because of the strong weight gain, he no longer took the necessary medicines.

He never wanted to hurt anyone. Expert Hofmann advises that he first be sent to an institution. "It is still too early for a conditional forbearance of the measure." However, the young man has good prerequisites for this: he is embedded in an intact family, does not consume alcohol or drugs, has a certain willingness to take the medication and in the end his condition has improved.