Three Russian healthcare workers die from window falls after coronavirus complaints

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2020

Three frontline health care workers have mysteriously fallen out of hospital windows in Russian Federation over the past two weeks - prompting intense discussion on the working conditions for doctors and medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Two medical workers are dead and one has been hospitalised after falling from hospital windows in the span of two weeks under unknown circumstances, The Moscow Times reported.

Paramedic Alexander Shulepov is now in a critical condition after suffering a fractured skull following a fall from the second floor of a hospital in the Voronezh region, where he too was being treated for coronavirus symptoms, reports The Moscow Times.

Alexander Shulepov is in critical condition with a skull fracture after falling from the second floor of a rural hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19, the local crisis center told the Vesti Voronezh outlet Saturday. The Moscow Times reported Shulepov fell from the window of the hospital where he was being treated for coronavirus.

On the same day he was admitted, Shulepov and his colleague Aleksandr Kosyakin issued a video complaining that even after testing positive, their boss was forcing Shulepov and his colleagues to work together.

Three days later, Shulepov retracted his initial statement, saying his video with Kosyakin was recorded while he was in "an emotional state" right after he learned about his COVID-19 diagnosis. He's in serious condition as of now, but he is not the first doctor this has happened to the past few days.

Earlier in May, the acting head doctor of a hospital of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia died after a week in intensive care.

However, Nepomnyashchaya had said there were PPE shortages and the staff was unprepared, leading to her to oppose changing the hospital into a coronavirus care facility.

On April 24, Natalya Lebedeva, head of the emergency medical service at Star City, the main training base for Russia's cosmonauts, died in a hospital after a fall.

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