A patient in China was so adamant on staying in hospital that he literally chained himself to the bed so that no one could remove him. The man had lived there for past three-and-a-half years.
Only known by his surname, Mr. Chen was hauled out of Beijing Jingmei Group Hospital where he had been staying for past several years, claiming that he needed medical attention even though all his lab results were perfectly normal.
The hospital administration took the case to court, where judge ruled against the 55-year-old and ordered him to leave the premises. However, Chen was so distressed by the order that he chained himself to the bed railings and had to be cut free by the police, who later hauled him out of the hospital.
Officers carried out Chen, dressed in hospital-issued pajamas and visibly upset.
“I have never taken a shower or left the hospital in the past three years. I even missed my son's wedding,” Chen said while crying.
The hospital had stopped providing him with treatment in July 2012, after he failed to pay any of his medical bills.
Chen was first admitted to Beijing Hospital in August 2011 after sustaining injuries in a road accident. He was released after a month, though he shortly returned with complaints of severe pain in his left leg.
He was diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis and after three months of treatment, he was asked to go back home, but he refused, saying he was in so much pain that he couldn’t even straighten out his legs.