Urban explorers unearth abandoned psychiatric hospital with Human Cage beds

A photographer has unearthed an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Germany where the beds are still built like cages.

Jane Veltmann, who is an urban explorer in her free time, shared haunting pictures to Facebook of the rotting mental institution which she has dubbed the 'human cage.'

One of the gloomy rooms features a hairdressers chair surrounded by mouldy hair.

Bedding has also still been left on caged beds with torn mattresses, as the wallpaper is peeling away from the damp walls and several rooms have bubbling vinyl flooring.

A wheelchair with a gaping hole in the seat was left in the corridor at the bottom of rotting stairs that lead to laundry rooms with damaged washing machines and bathrooms complete with chairs for washing inside deep bathtubs.

Describing her album of 50 eerie images, the photographer wrote: "I have been able to explore abandoned hospitals and psychiatry in several different countries. These places radiate a very gloomy atmosphere and are probably the best way to tell their story.

"They are places of suffering. It's hard to imagine how people were partially dehumanized and tortured in these institutions.

"Unfortunately, psychiatric clinics around the world have a very dark past that is hard to bear. This place abroad had a lot to tell. There was still a lot of old inventory and in good condition.

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"Some beds still had nets that prevented the patient's alienation or self-injury. Meanwhile, these are prohibited because in the past patients died because of it. These beds almost felt like cages and were just inhumane."

According to the human rights organisation, Validity, cage beds are one of the numerous barbaric forms of torture previously inflicted on people detained in psychiatric hospitals, along with tying, straitjackets, seclusion and non-consensual drugging.

It's believed that it still goes on in some parts of the world as human rights organisations still fight to condemn it.

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Shocked fans of the urban explorer were left in disbelief that people would put their loved ones in places like the human cage.

One user said: "It’s hard to believe that people’s families paid places like this to treat their loved one’s. The problem is that they would feel that their family members were in good hands & eventually would stop visiting them, this lead to absolute control.

"They could do anything they wanted to these patients, unspeakable acts to them. Some of those taking care of these patients may not have been right in the head to being with or worse yet… psychopath!!!!!!"

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Another added: "Wow I don't even want to imagine… makes me sick!"

A third commented: "Strong images that show the suffering of those who have been hostages in these places."

A fourth wrote: "Pain and suffering can still be felt, places you went to die. Awful."

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However, a fan explained that the institution was probably active when mental health problems weren't properly understood.

She said: "Unfortunately, there were no sophisticated medications like we have today to help people with mental illness.

"Most people ended institutionalized because of it. We are fortunate today and have learned so much about mental illness and ways to treat it inhumane ways. People are rarely shut away and confined in the ways depicted here."

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