West Chester fire crews rescue man trapped in hospital wall

Crews had to rescue a West Chester Hospital patient who became trapped in a wall in an attempt to leave the emergency room.

Firefighters were dispatched at 12:16 p.m. Sunday to the hospital at 7700 University Drive for a report of a male patient who was stuck in ceiling’s ventilation shaft, according to a West Chester Fire Department report.

Responding to the scene, firefighters learned the man climbed into a drop ceiling of an emergency room bathroom, breached a fire wall and dropped back down to ground level behind an ER hallway wall.

The patient, who said he was stuck, was beating on the drywall and breached the hallway wall with his foot.

Firefighters removed a large enough section of drywall and chair railing for the man to crawl through the wall.

Following the extrication, he was in care of West Chester Hospital public safety and emergency room medical staff, according to the fire report.

Due to patient privacy laws, hospital and health system officials were unable to disclose any information regarding the incident, according to UC Health officials.

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