Male patient charged after B.C. nurse badly beaten on the job
Neale Heath, 62, charged with aggravated assault
Police in Abbotsford, B.C., have arrested and charged a 62-year-old male hospital patient following the serious assault of an on-duty nurse.
On Tuesday, just after 2 a.m., patrol officers were called to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for a report that an on-duty nurse had been assaulted.
According to a police statement Thursday, the nurse had been attacked, sustaining serious injuries to her head and face, which required immediate medical attention.
The B.C. Nurses Union said the nurse was working in the hospital's kidney dialysis unit when the attack happened. She had entered a room to treat a male patient when the man picked up an exercise weight and struck her across the face.
Union president Christine Sorenson said her injuries are so severe, it's not clear when, or if, the nurse will be able to return to work.
"[There is] significant damage to the nurse's face. The nurse has undergone surgery yesterday [Wednesday]. Her cheekbone was fractured, and her upper jaw was broken, and her teeth were displaced. She is struggling with significant headaches and upper back pain, and I suspect she probably has a concussion."
Police said Neale Heath, 62, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225 or text 222973.