The things that go on in hospitals can be extremely creepy - or downright terrifying. You might not expect it, but doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers see some scary things and have some horrifying stories. These 19 stories from doctors, medical staff, and psychiatric workers about patients (dead or alive) that we found over at AskReddit will keep you up at night. Read these scary hospital stories at your own risk, and vote the creepiest ones to the top.
Psych Staffer Napping on Break Has Dreadful Premonition in Dream That Comes True When He Wakes
"I work with geriatric patients and there was this incident about three years ago. Before I explain, let me say that I DON'T believe in ghosts.
Anyway, this one time I was working the night shift and I was super sleepy so I decided to skip lunch because I wasn't hungry and go to my car and sleep for 30 minutes. I got inside my car, covered myself with my sweater, set the timer on my phone and immediately knocked out.
I'm dreaming, but in my dream I'm still awake just sitting there. Someone taps on my car window and I see that its one of my patients (we'll call her Dee). Surprised, I asked Dee what the hell she is doing outside, and she tells me she is looking for her daughter. I tell her to go back inside and that we will call her daughter in the morning. My patient becomes angry and starts banging on my car window. I kinda freak out and try to reach for the door handle to get out and calm her down, but I quickly realize I can't move. Let me add that I frequently experience sleep paralysis, so even though I am asleep, I realize what is happening.
I fight it and try squirming my body in an attempt to wake myself up. I finally manage to wake up and my heart is racing and my forehead is a bit sweaty. I sit there for about a minute, realize it was all a dream and roll the window down to cool myself off.
My break is over and I clock back in and see that my supervisor and two other nurses are huddled in front of a room. I am still by the station clocking in when they see me and call me over. I walk over thinking maybe something was wrong with the ventilator, or the patient fell, but my supervisor tells me Dee died while I was on my lunch break. Since most of our patients are Do Not Resuscitate, I was not paged. It took a couple of seconds for the message to register and I freaked out internally. I got goosebumps but didn't mention anything to my supervisor about the dream.
I don't believe in ghosts or anything like that and I most likely had that dream because she was the last patient I interacted with before my break, so she was still on my mind and I was mentally going over my patients charts in my head."
Paramedics Respond to Despondent Elderly Woman Who Just Witnessed Gruesome Suicide
"We got a call to go out to a scene for an elderly woman with chest pains. I arrive at the house, front door is open. We knock, hear the old woman calling out from the back 'I'm in the back room' in a very monotone and calm voice. My partner and I go to the back of the house looking for this woman, and that's when we smelled it. Nothing prepares you for the smell of rotting corpse. I've smelled it a dozen times, and it never gets any less disturbing. We radio for police and ALS backup as we move through the house. We opened the door to the master bedroom, and there is our patient. She is approximately 80, and she is staring at the master bathroom with these cold, dead eyes. She never once looked at us as we approached her and began talking to her. I got to the bedside and got in front of her gaze, and she just looked right through me.
I turned around to see what she could possibly be looking at, and there was the source of my smell. A man, about the same age as my patient, is on the floor with very little left of his head still attached to his body. A shotgun lay on the floor next to him, and most of his head was strewn about the walls and bathroom counter. We loaded the woman up in the ambulance, and our police backup pulled up. I don't think that woman blinked once the entire time she was in our care. Totally fu*ked me up."
Man Non-Fatally Skins His Own Throat, Makes Hospital Staff Vomit
"The ER received a call from the PD stating that we were to keep an eye out for a man with self-inflicted stab wounds. Story goes, the wife left for the grocery store, but forgot something and ran home. She found her her husband molesting her daughter (his step daughter), a fight ensued. The husband fled the house with a large kitchen knife.
A police officer found him a few blocks from the home, collapsed in a yard. When they brought him in, he had a stab wounds on both inner thighs, two stab wounds to the abdomen and he slit his throat from end to end. The creepy part was that he managed to miss all arteries, including the carotid. The skin was hanging on the neck and his trachea was clear as day. I mean that you could just reach in and grab it! No blood, just a clean trachea. He was able to talk, and his blood pressure was decent. The officer who found him left the room sick, as well as two nurses. The clean, visual trachea that moved with every word, was unreal."
Psych Tech Meets 7-Year-Old Psychopath
"As a tech in psych years ago, there was a seven-year-old kid sent to the floor because the mom didnt know what to do with him. Sadly common thing to happen, even if the kids don't have psych issues. Anyway, the mom was shaking and crying, and they had to take the kid into another room. She was genuinely afraid of her own son. She had suspected something was wrong when she kept finding mutilated animals in the back yard, but never heard or saw coyotes or anything around. The neighbors' smaller pets started disappearing. The boy had an obsession with knives, hiding them around the house. Denying anything when the mom confronted him. Then when the two started getting into arguments, he would get really violent and hit her, push her down and kick her, threaten to kill her. On multiple occasions she woke up in the middle of the night with him standing beside her bed, staring her in the face. She put extra locks on her bedroom door to feel safe while she slept. The last straw was when she lifted up his mattress and found 50+ knives of all shapes and sizes under there. So she brought him to us.
I remember talking to him, treating him like he was just any other kid that came through. He seemed remarkably normal, until you spoke directly to him. He had this way of looking right through you, or maybe like he didn't see you at all while you were speaking. He would respond like a robot, like he was just saying words because that's what we wanted to hear. And he would always put on this creepy, dead-looking smile. Like all mouth and no eye involvement in the smile. Especially when he would get away with something, like taking another kid's markers and they couldn't figure it out. Still gives me chills laying here thinking about him. I had to get up and close my bedroom door.
I believe I met a seven-year-old psychopath."