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Hospital Clock Tells Patient "To Die"

Update Date: Dec 16, 2013 03:57 PM EST

Doctors at a British hospital were shocked when a patient complained that the clock in his ward had told him that his time was up.

"The clock is telling me to die," the doctors quoted the patient as saying in a bizarre case report.

"Turning to the wall, we confirmed that the clock indeed said, 'DIE,'" rheumatologists Stuart Carter and Fiona Fawthrop of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, Yorkshire, wrote in the paper.

"We discovered that the radio-controlled clock had reverted to German and was displaying an abbreviation of 'Dienstag,'" which meant Tuesday in German, according to AFP.

"We quickly rectified this by pressing several buttons to show the English abbreviation, 'TUE'. Fortunately, it was not the patient's time to die at all."

The report was published in the British Medical Journal.

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