If you have worked in a hospital before, chances are you would have heard eerie stories of the supernatural. Back when Jimbo was working in UMMC as a masters student, he heard his fair share of these stories.
Like the one where a lady with long hair, was always seen or felt at one of the lift in the East Wing (Menara Timur). One fellow colleague recounted how she felt some one behind her, while going up in the lift, at around 3 am in the morning! She was sure there was no one when she entered the lift! Another recounted how she saw a long haired woman in the lift as the door slowly opened but she couldn’t see her legs and so she quickly ran off!
Or the one where another ghostly figure was often seen wandering around the lonely corridors joining the East Wing and the Main Building. The way to the East Wing takes on past through many dark or poorly lighted corridors which are usually vacant especially in the early hours of the morning. Many of Jimbo’s fellow colleagues recounted their scary encounters with shadows and about hearing strange voices while making their way from one building to the other in the wee hours of the morning when they were on call!
Or how a patient suddenly got up from sleep in a state of terror and screamed that another patient located 2 rooms down has passed away! Indeed the other patient did pass away, at the very moment the lady got up screaming from her sleep! Apparently the one who just passed away came to her bedside to call her!
Or the patient in room 51, on the 11th floor of the main block. The room is a single bedded room, meant to be used as an isolation room for people with infectious diseases. Jimbo has heard so many stories from patients who were placed in that room. All claimed to have seen a young lady with her face covered with her long hair, always standing at a certain corner, staring vacantly into space; or how the door would open and close but there would be no one; or how the toilet would flush but no one was in the toilet. Many patients actually asked to be transferred to another room or failing that, simply checked themselves out.
About 3 years ago, Jimbo came down with a bout of pneumonia, caused by Chlamydia pneumoniae and he was placed in none other than room 51, on the 11th floor!!!
For the first 3 days (he was later told), he was in a state of delirium, talking incoherently at times with high swinging temperature. He was breathless and needed oxygen therapy.
Jimbo’s memory of those days were vague at best but he did remember one incident.
It was late in the evening. The curtains were drawn around Jimbo’s bed at the time. It was very quiet and Jimbo was in a semi-awake state, being vaguely aware of his surroundings.The lights in the room have been dimmed.
And that was when Jimbo became aware of a presence in the room. The curtain seemed to move, but only just. He heard the door to the toilet creak, as if some one was opening it slowly, softly, deliberately. And then silence…
Next, came the rush of water as the toilet was being flushed. Jimbo tried to call out, to ask who might it be in the toilet but the sound that came out of his mouth was mere guttural sounds, not making much sense. The room was filled with an awful silence. Jimbo realized then that he was sweating profusely and he could not move his limbs!
And then, as if his hour of reckoning has come, Jimbo saw, through his fever-wracked eyes, the curtain slowly parting! A dark globular shape began to intrude through the opening in the curtains! Jimbo could not make out the face as it was covered by the long hair! The movement was slow, barely perceptible, quiet, eery….
The moment seemed to last forever. Time stood still. The shape is now a head, slowly turning to look at where Jimbo laid. And then the white of its eyes began to show in the darkness!
Jimbo was petrified! He wanted to shout! He wanted to scream!
“Hi hubby! How are you feeling?!”, the head spoke as the rest of Mrs Jimbo entered the cubicle!
Truth be told, in 14 years that Jimbo has been working as a doctor in various hospitals, not once has he ever encountered anything supernatural. Thank GOD for his protection!
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