Staff at the Stellenbosch Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa have been rattled by an unexplained mystery seemingly torn right from the pages of an X-Files script. It began earlier this month when a 61-year-old man was admitted to a separate hospital, the Paarl Hospital, for an undisclosed abdominal surgery. After the operation, the man was moved to the Stellenbosch Hospital for recovery. A nurse checked on the man on October 5th, then left the room to fetch clean linens. That’s when things got weird.
When the nurse returned, the man was gone. It was as if he had spontaneously disappeared from his hospital bed. Hospital staff and members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) conducted a search of the entire facility and surrounding area, but no trace of the vanished patient could be found. Thirteen days later, the man’s body was found inside the ceiling of the hospital in what’s been described as an “isolated area.” Hospital staff and police have no idea how he could have gotten there, particularly in his post-operative state.
Western Cape provincial health department spokesperson Mark van der Heever issued a rather terse statement which basically boils down to the fact that nobody has any earthly idea what happened here:
Prior to his disappearance a nurse was attending to him. When she went to get clean linen‚ the patient disappeared. Sadly, the patient’s body was discovered 13 days later in an isolated area in the ceiling, which is difficult to reach. There is currently construction work being carried out at the hospital which also contributed to the difficulty of the search. The circumstances relating to how the patient got access to the ceiling are currently being investigated.
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