Grieving father arrested for threatening doctor in Spain

AGGRESSION: The man repeatedly threatened to kill his daughter’s doctor Credit: Policia National

POLICE arrested the grieving father of a child cancer victim for threatening a doctor and criminal damage.

The paediatric oncologist had been treating the man’s daughter at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Torrecardenas hospital. Sadly the child died. When the doctor informed the immediate family of the tragic news the father reacted by punching the wall and hitting the furniture and nearby flowerpots.

At the same time the man verbally attacked the doctor, repeatedly threatening to kill him and blaming him for his daughter’s death.

The doctor reported the incident to police. Officers arrested the father a few days later, reporting they had waited until after the child’s funeral and to “as much as possible” allow the family some time to come to terms with their loss.

This was the ninth arrest made by police in Almeria since last September in connection with acts of aggression aimed at hospital and health centre staff.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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