An FDNY EMT was attacked by a patient in a Brooklyn hospital, leaving him with a broken nose and stitches around his eye, the Daily News has learned.
Ricardo Cervoni was treating an intoxicated patient in the emergency room at Woodhull Medical Center in Bushwick when another EMS crew brought in a patient to be treated for depression about 9 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
The new patient started shouting about not being offered a bed — and took out his frustration on Cervoni, who was standing with his back turned.
“He was screaming, ‘How long do I have to wait here? Where’s my bed?,’” Cervoni, 28, told the Daily News. “As soon as he was done with that, that’s when he shoved me. Prior to that I’d spoken no words to him. He was not my patient. I barely made eye contact with this guy.”
The patient barreled into Cervoni, causing the EMT’s head to slam against the metal frame of a plexiglass barrier meant to help stem the spread of coronavirus.
“It happened so quick that no one could react to what had happened,” Cervoni said. “All I heard was a thump.”
“I was gushing blood everywhere,” added Cervoni, who graduated from the FDNY Academy in March 2020 as the city’s hospitals began to fill up with COVID-19 patients.
Cervoni was left with a fractured nose and a cut to his left eyebrow that required stitches.