LA DEPECHE, SUD OUEST (France)
METZ - What is it with French old-timers getting stuck in weird places?
On Sunday in Metz, northeastern France, an 82-year-old patient was rescued from the Sainte-Blandine hospital after trying to flee John-McLane-style via the ventilation ducts.
"The patient, who was undergoing treatment for diabetes, managed to climb into the air duct from the rubbish disposal room," the hospital manager told Sud Ouest.
The man spent Saturday night stuck in the air vent – and was only found on Sunday morning after about 20 police and rescue personnel with dogs were called in to help with the search.
It was the second time in less than a week that he had tried to leave the hospital without permission, reports La Dépêche.
Although he was stuck for several hours in the vent, his days are not in danger. The 82-year-old man was transferred to the Metz-Thionville regional hospital – and they might want to check the screws on the room’s air vent this time.
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Sreemanti Sengupta is a freelance writer, poet, and media studies lecturer based in Kolkata.
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