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Medical student dies after assault; did internships at Roosevelt

Medical student dies after assault; did internships at Roosevelt
Juan José Vicente López, 20, died after being stabbed as he was leaving his internship at a hospital. Photo: A Hora/facebook

The Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) mourned the death of student Juan José Vicente López, 20, who was allegedly stabbed by an assailant as he left his internship at Roosevelt Hospital on July 11. They denounce that the attacks on practitioners are recurrent.

According to the National Civil Police (PNC) report, Vicente López had a sharp wound in the chest region, for which he was transferred to the emergency room at Roosevelt Hospital at 3:20 pm.

However, police sources reported that the university student died an hour and 10 minutes after being admitted to the hospital. Likewise, there is no version of the fact in the preliminary investigation.


Carlos Augusto Chua López, professor at the Faculty of Medicine, commented that these events are recurrent outside large hospitals, such as Roosevelt, General San Juan de Dios and the Guatemalan Institute of Social Security (IGSS).

“They’ve become dangerous scenes where thugs roam and often rob medical students,” he explained.

“Many students carry tablets, cell phones and other electronic devices in their backpacks and thieves know this, so they easily fall on them. It is then recurrent, the theft, the aggression”, added the teacher.

In addition, he regretted that Vicente López, in addition to being attacked, had been “vilely stabbed”.

“He was a fourth-year student doing a clinical internship at that hospital (Roosevelt). According to his friends, he was a very dedicated student with his patients and very dedicated to his studies,” Chua López explained about the event that took place last Monday.


An attempt was made to obtain the position of Roosevelt Hospital and the IGSS due to reports of constant assaults near their premises; however, at the close of this note there was no response.

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