A Limerick grandmother-of-eight has been left shocked and traumatised after suffering a horrific assault in her hospital bed.
The woman, who was being treated at University Hospital Limerick, had undergone surgery to her kidney and liver, and had 10 blood transfusions.
According to the Limerick Leader, on Easter Saturday night, April 15, at around 11.50pm a man entered her room and forcefully attempted to remove her from her bed, while punching and kicking her all over her body.
The woman was sleeping when the assailant entered the room.
The woman's husband told the newspaper:
"She was black and blue. He then kicked her along the legs, and she was black and blue. He was just digging her, and he was roaring at her, saying: ‘Get out of the bed’. He was trying to pull the clothes off her. This is a woman who was taking her medication and her sleeping pills, and the next minute she is attacked in her own bed.”
Gardaí arrived on Easter sunday morning but the woman was too traumatised to make a statement. They are due to do so this week.
The woman's husband continued:
“For the whole night, last night, she cried. It all came back to her. She actually said to me: ‘If I start crying, I won’t stop.’ And I said to her: ‘When you get the way that you want to cry, it has to come out.’ And last night when she was in bed, she started crying, and I had my arms around her. And I started crying too.”
UL Hospital Group have said:
"UL Hospital Group recognises the upset the incident caused the patient and has offered its apologies to the patient and their family. The incident is under review however UL Hospitals Group is unable to provide any further information in order to protect patient confidentiality.”