My much loved sister Amanda has suffered from depression for the last two years, including two periods of hospitalisation.
Last week she was hospitalised again in Wanganui in New Zealand. Three days ago she jumped from the fourth floor of the hospital.
She was on 15 minute observations, and hospital staff and doctors were warned at least twice by her own doctor about the possibility of her attempting suicide. She had also told them that morning she did not feel safe, and asked to be transferred to the secure part of the ward. Despite this she was able to walk out of the pysch unit, 500 metres across the hospital grounds, up the stairs of the main building, and throw herself out the window without anyone noticing.
After emergency surgery to remove her spleen and repair her liver, she has been transferred to Wellington.
Her lungs were punctured by fractured ribs. They are still full of blood and problematic. She has fractured vertebrae in her neck and lower back, a fractured pelvis, and a multitude of other less serious injuries, including head injuries.
Although now stable, she is still in serious danger of death.
She has been kept unconscious so her spine can be stabilised. Doctors have said they will reduce the level of sedation later in the week.
I hope to fly to Wellington on Wednesday so I can be there when (if!) she regains consciousness.
Would you please keep Amanda in your prayers, as well as me and the rest of her family?