Archives for August 19, 2003

Surgical Resident Decapitated

And not by the residency director, either: – Malfunctioning elevator kills man – Aug. 18, 2003

(In Houston)…Hitoshi Nikaidoh, 35, was stepping into a second-floor elevator at Christus St. Joseph Hospital Saturday morning when the doors suddenly closed, pinning his shoulders. His head was severed when the elevator car moved upward.

A hospital employee witnessed the accident and spent about 20 minutes trapped inside the elevator before firefighters rescued her. She was treated for shock in the hospital’s emergency room…

If somebody’s head gets sheared off into the elevator I’m in, you’d need to treat me for shock, too.

This is a terrible tragedy. I’ll never get on an elevator the same again (I’m going to be a lot more respectful of the closing doors).