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A security officer at the Pelonomi Tertiary Hospital in Bloemfontein found a patient lying on the floor in a pool of blood.

The man was a patient at the hospital and was found lying in the corridor leading to the building’s admissions office.

According to the Free State health department, it is probing the death of the man. It is believed he fell from the seventh floor at around 03:30 on Friday morning.

The patient, believed to be a burn victim, had been transferred from Dr JS Moroka District Hospital to Pelonomi on 17 July.

“The patient had sustained major burns to his face, neck, right shoulder and left hand.” said the department spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.

Mvambi added that earlier that evening he did not show any breathing complications, was not suicidal or confused, and was “fully conscious and interactive with ward staff”.

“The family were called to the hospital where a meeting was held with the family to inform them of the incident. The family accepted what happened and was offered psychosocial support. An independent investigation is currently underway by the police and forensic teams,” said Mvambi.

The man’s death is still under investigation.

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