2 men jump to death in Vietnam hospital

By Thanh Tung, Thanh Nien News

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A view of Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong A view of Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong


Two men jumped to their death in what may be suicides in Cho Ray, a major public hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Neither of them had an ID, and the police have yet to identify them.
The first man jumped from the 7th floor of the hospital at 7 p.m. on Saturday and died immediately.
Doctors said the man, in his 40s, was not a patient. Witnesses said he had stood at the 3rd floor balcony for some time before jumping.
More than half a day later, another man in his 30s fell from the 5th floor of the 11-story building and died at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The hospital guards said they saw the man climbing out of the balcony but could not reach him fast enough.
Last August, a 28-year-old man who was being treated tuberculous meningitis at the hospital also killed himself by jumping from the ninth floor.
A hospital official said many patients at the hospital had chosen to commit suicide after they knew about their severe condition or costly treatment. 
The hospital raised its balcony railings to prevent suicidal attempts, to little avail.

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