Nottingham QMC death plunge patient had been 'confused' after op
A MAN who died after he fell from a fourth-floor window of the Queen's Medical Centre had been in a "confused" state following an operation to remove a brain tumour, his sister in law has revealed.
Joseph Tauya, 55, from Braunstone, Leicester, fell from the window of the hospital's West Block at around 1.55pm on Thursday. Eyewitnesses said staff held on to his legs for ten minutes to stop him plunging to his death.
Hospital officials have now launched an internal investigation into his death.
Mr Tauya's sister-in-law, who asked not to be named, said: "Joseph was a bit confused after the operation.
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"Doctors said that it was normal and would clear within about 48 hours.
"The hospital suggested his wife come in and help to calm him down and everything seemed to be all right."
She added: "When she arrived on Thursday to see Joseph she was told there had been 'an incident'. It was shocking."
She said they had heard he tried to jump out of the window, but none of his family were there and so far it was unclear what had happened.
Police were called to the hospital just before 1.55pm on Thursday and Mr Tauya was pronounced dead at 2.30pm.
Officers cordoned off the scene for much of the afternoon while investigations were carried out.
A window on the fourth floor was smashed, while glass and medical equipment could be seen on the ground.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said: "This matter is not being treated as suspicious and we are preparing a file for the coroner."
He added police are liaising with Mr Tauya's family.
Mr Tauya, who was pastor at Christ Embassy Leicester in Yeoman Street, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January after suffering headaches.
He leaves three children aged 15, 11 and two.
His 15-year-old daughter, who does not want to be named, said: "He was so loving and he loved God with all his might.
"He lived his life as Jesus Christ would."
She added: "We are getting a lot of support from the whole family and Mum is just about coping."
Peter Homa, chief executive for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the Queen's Medical Centre, said: "We extend our sincere condolences to the family for the loss of their loved one.
"A patient died after what we believe was a determined attempt to jump from a fourth-storey window at Queen's Medical Centre.
"This tragic incident occurred in spite of our staff doing everything they possibly could in what were extremely difficult circumstances to prevent the patient from falling."
He added: "We remain in close contact with the family to offer support and provide information on the investigations that will follow.
"The coroner has been informed.
"The trust will be undertaking its own internal investigation."