Patient who was injured in fire at Santa Maria Hospital has died


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The patient who was injured in a fire at Santa Maria Hospital on Wednesday died in the early hours of this morning, the hospital said.

In a statement released today, the board of directors of the Santa Maria Local Health Unit (ULS) expressed its deep sorrow at the patient’s death and reiterated its “close support and accompaniment” for the family.

The fire broke out in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a four-person room in the Internal Medicine ward and ended up injuring a 91-year-old man who was admitted there and was immediately transferred to the burns unit.

The ULS of Santa Maria guarantees its collaboration with the competent authorities and that a “rigorous internal investigation” will be carried out to determine the causes of the fire.

The fire was extinguished by the professionals on duty.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the board of directors of the ULS Santa Maria stressed the “high level of professionalism” of the service teams in the inpatient ward and in the other support units, adding that their quick reaction prevented this outbreak of fire “from taking on even more serious dimensions”.

The causes of the incident are being investigated by the authorities and, at the same time, an internal investigation is underway.

The incident was not caused by structural problems in the building.

The Santa Maria ULS will cover the costs of the patient’s funeral.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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