Stabbing at Newark hospital leaves 3 medical workers wounded

Three medical professionals are injured in a stabbing at a Newark hospital

Following a domestic conflict with visitors in the hospital’s pediatric ICU, two nurses and one medical resident were stabbed on Friday at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey.

According to hospital officials, the three employees received lacerations and were sent to the onsite emergency department with minor injuries, according to News 12 New Jersey. The attack did not damage any patients or family members.

According to officials, the incident occurred about 7 a.m. Friday, when a lady identified as Firdousi A. Abdul-Hakim, 37, allegedly attacked the workers.

After employees advised her that there were too many guests, the woman allegedly became enraged and responded by pulling out some sort of cutting weapon, which she then used to commence her attack.

According to Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé, Abdul-Hakim was eventually apprehended and now faces many counts, including aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The hospital sent an update about 4 p.m., stating that all three injured employees had been released from the emergency department.

The hospital did go into divert status on Friday morning, which meant it couldn’t accept new ambulance arrivals during the emergency, but the status was subsequently lifted and normal operations resumed.

The incident is still being investigated by Newark police.

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