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Russian doctor, Yelena Nepomnyashchaya ‘falls’ out of hospital window, while on call about PPE shortages

A top Russian doctor fell 15.24m from her office window as she complained to bosses on a conference call about a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for coronavirus medics.

Dr Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, a mother of two, is thought to have objected to her hospital having to take in coronavirus patients because of an “acute shortage” of personal protection equipment for doctors and nurses.

She is now fighting for her life in intensive care after the fifth floor fall but medics are “refusing to talk” about her chances of survival, TVK Krasnoyarsk reported.

The respected doctor was on a call with Minister of Health for the Krasnoyarsk region Boris Nemik on Saturday at the time of the fall.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the fall.

Dr Nepomnyashchaya, 47, runs the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital for War Veterans. Picture: Vestnick.icdc.
media_cameraDr Nepomnyashchaya, 47, runs the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital for War Veterans. Picture: Vestnick.icdc.

Reports say she had been told that 80 beds at the Krasnoyarsk Regional Hospital for War Veterans were to be given over for coronavirus patients.

She is thought to have been against the plan because of a shortage of protective equipment for doctors.

The Ministry of Health has since claimed that the hospital was ready to accept COVID-19 patients.

Deputy head of Krasnoyarsk region’s government Aleksey Podkorytov said Dr Nepomnyashchaya’s fall could have an explanation besides those reported by local media.

“So many things could have happened,” he said.

“It could have been because it was spring, the overall stress, something in her family.

“It’s difficult to say what could have happened.

“There was nothing extraordinary happening at the time, just a routine conference call with doctors’ reports.”

This incident comes as many Russian doctors have reportedly quit due to a lack of PPE like gloves, face masks, gowns and eye protection. Picture: John Moore/Getty Images.
media_cameraThis incident comes as many Russian doctors have reportedly quit due to a lack of PPE like gloves, face masks, gowns and eye protection. Picture: John Moore/Getty Images.

He added: “At the time (of the accident) there were no patients with coronavirus, yet the hospital was on high alert with all necessary equipment in place.

“She just reported that there were no coronavirus patients.

“They in fact (have) started to be admitted into the hospital, but only a very few with the lightest form of the virus.”

Krasnoyarsk is capital city of the second largest region in the Russian Federation.

The tragedy follows other reports that doctors in a number of Russian regions have quit their jobs in protest over a lack of PPE.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission

Originally published as Top doctor falls out window during call

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