German police on Wednesday mentioned that they had arrested a nurse for allegedly attempting to offer overdoses to a minimum of three sufferers in his care.
Police and prosecutors instructed reporters that the 24-year-old suspect tried to play the saviour by taking the sufferers to the brink of demise earlier than reviving them.
The case recalled that of Niels Hoegel, a German nurse sentenced to life in jail final yr for murdering 85 sufferers.
The authorities acquired a tip on Sunday from a physician on the Munich hospital the place the suspect had labored since July, and mentioned they have been now investigating all doubtlessly suspicious circumstances on his watch.
The nurse, who was not recognized by police, was arrested on Monday on three counts of tried homicide and grievous bodily hurt — allegations he denies.
Prosecutor Anne Leiding instructed reporters his on-line chats indicated he mentioned he “endangered the lives of patients just so he could later be seen as the brilliant saviour”.
The nurse labored at a ward for sufferers who’ve not too long ago emerged from intensive care and are nonetheless beneath shut medical remark.
In two of the circumstances in query, the situation of a 91-year-old male affected person and a 54-year-old lady being handled immediately worsened on Saturday.
They may solely be revived with emergency measures, Josef Wimmer, head of the Munich police homicide division, instructed a information convention.
A physician turned suspicious and ordered blood checks, which discovered excessive ranges of an unspecified remedy that they had not been prescribed.
The identical physician then recognized one other doubtful case, a 90-year-old affected person from late final month, and a blood take a look at turned up comparable outcomes, Wimmer mentioned.
All three victims had been within the suspect’s care. One continues to be in a vital however steady situation, whereas the opposite two have recovered.
Germany was shocked over revelations that Hoegel, believed to be the nation’s most prolific serial killer, murdered sufferers with deadly injections between 2000 and 2005, earlier than he was finally caught within the act.
In October, a Polish healthcare employee was sentenced to life in jail in Munich for killing a minimum of three individuals with insulin.
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