Attempt to poison doctor at Berlin hospital

27th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2004, BERLIN - A heart specialist at the German capital's renowned Charité hospital narrowly survived after drinking poison which had been poured into a bottle of mineral water at his desk, officials said Monday.

27 July 2004

BERLIN - A heart specialist at the German capital's renowned Charité hospital narrowly survived after drinking poison which had been poured into a bottle of mineral water at his desk, officials said Monday.

The 36-year-old doctor suffered nerve damage after the attack last March and is partly paralysed but undergoing rehabilitation to learn to walk again, the hospital said in response to media reports.

Officials have not identified the poison used other than to say it was a common substance found in a hospital lab.

"I have no idea how it could have happened," said Ulrich Frei, the hospital's medical director.

City police have so far had no success in determining who tried to the kill the doctor.

Theories in the local media range from a broken love affair to competition among doctors at the hospital.

The Charité was founded in 1710 and employs some 15,000 people at four major centres in Berlin.

During the East German era the Charité was the official government hospital and its doctors repeatedly operated on communist leader Erich Honecker.

DPA

Subject: German news

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