Conor O’Regan

Nurse in critical condition after patiently randomly STABS her in emergency room

A Massachusetts man is behind bars after he reportedly stabbed a nurse on Wednesday, at the Harrington Hospital in Southbridge.

The Worcester Telegram reports that Conor O’Regan, 24, checked in at the hospital at a little before 10:24 a.m. He went through the hospital registration process and as he was being taken to get medical care, he allegedly attacked a nurse at random, stabbing her. The nurse, whose name is unknown at this time, was airlifted and taken to UMass Medical Center. She’s listed in stable but critical condition.

The nurse’s co-workers acted quickly and assisted her, which likely saved her life.

“The way that they reacted to this scene to help save this victim’s life, a job that was made even more difficult under the (condition) that they were working on their friend,” said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

O’Regan is behind bars, awaiting a “dangerousness hearing” to determine whether he’ll be a threat to society if he’s released. Court documents indicate that he’ll also undergo a mental evaluation. He’s being held at the Southbridge Police Department on charges of assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. O’Regan is scheduled for an arraignment on Thursday.

According to investigators, the victim had worked at the hospital for quite a while but there’s no evidence or information that leads them to believe that the suspect knew her.

“We ask for your thoughts and prayers for her and her family,” Early said. “This was a quick and random attack on a nurse who was working the triage area.”

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