Man found with mysterious injuries
MYSTERY surrounds the circumstances in which a 36-year-old man was found with serious abdominal injuries inside Lismore Base Hospital on Saturday.
Richmond LAC crime manager, Detective Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe, said it was believed the man was staying on the fifth floor of the hospital while visiting a sick relative.
The man was unconscious when he was found on the fourth floor with serious bowel and liver injuries at about 1.30pm on Saturday.
The fourth floor houses residential nurses.
He was operated on later that day and yesterday was in a serious but stable condition at Lismore Base Hospital.
Police from Richmond Local Area Command (LAC) were investigating the incident and appealed to the public for information.
"There are no injuries consistent with an assault," Det A/Insp Kehoe said.
"There are injuries consistent with a fairly substantial fall, but we can't rule out an assault at this stage because he may have been pushed over and suffered these injuries."
Blood was found on the fourth- and fifth-floor balconies.
Police were not treating the matter as suspicious.
"He hasn't left the hospital grounds," Det A/Insp Kehoe said.
"He was on the fifth floor and he's been found on the fourth floor so he's remained in that area the whole time."
The Northern NSW Local Health District said the man was "found injured from a suspected fall on Lismore Base Hospital grounds" and an independent investigation was being carried out.
The hospital declined to provide further details.