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Lamia: Doctor, 64, Commits Suicide in front of His Family

The thriller that started early on Monday morning shocking local community of Lamia found a tragic end. A 64-year-old radiologist jumped from the fifth floor and died in front of the eyes of his wife and his daughter, rescue teams and bystanders who watched the incident holding their breath.

For two and a half hours, police, firefighters, colleagues and  family members were trying to convince the desperate man not to put an end to his life. A special negotiator was called in. All efforts were in vain.

The man was standing outside the window at the fifth floor of the public General Hospital in Lamia, Central Greece, for more than two hours.

The reasons for this desperate act are not very clear. Some Greek media claim, the radiologist was suffering from psychological problems and was receiving treatment. Other media claim the man had economic problems as he had retired six months ago, but had received his pension not yet.

Local news portal, Lamia Report, writes citing friends and colleagues of the man, that the fact that he had not received his pension yet had changed his behaviour in the recent time and he was depressed.

He was father of two children.

Another victim of the economic crisis that plagues Greeks? The act of a man who suffered from a heavy from of depression? A combination of the two?

We cannot know for sure. But one thing is certain: suicides recorded a sharp increase  since the beginning of the crisis two years ago.

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6 comments

  1. Another victim of the horrible Greek bureaucracy. No pension payments after six months? Third world countries manage to act faster than this.

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    surprised? you dion’t live here, right? reality: 9 month sofr public sector, 1.5 year for private, more than 2 years if you have paid contributions to several funds.

  3. The damage that the Troika is inflicting on the country and people of Greece is something that will be recorded in history books. The Germans will take the greatest blame, since the IMF has made it clear that what is going on is stupid (even by their own low standards). However, the pig-headed German politicians and bankers are so narcissistic and self-righteous (in this very Protestant way, that Greeks cannot understand) that they will carry on like this until something very nasty happens to them.

    Let’s hope that that comes soon.

  4. “the IMF has made it clear that what is going on is stupid”
    Really? When? Where? Did they really already manage to forget that most of the ideas that had a negative impact where their won? Like the VAT increase that reduced domestic demand?

    Anyway, if they have better ideas now, they should spend their money for implementing them. Or they should guarantee higher GIPSI debts. We won’t.

  5. No, not surprised (I’ve read about this before). Simply annoyed. What a totally screwed up system!

  6. The damage that the Troika is inflicting on the country and people of Greece is something that will be recorded in history books

    That’s a bloody insult! Greeks don’t need no one to inflict damage on themselves. Time and again they have shown to be able to top any damage that outsiders were trying to inflict on them.