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Brazil Murder Doctor Probed over More Deaths

Brazil Murder Doctor Probed over More Deaths

A Brazilian

doctor charged with murdering seven hospital patients is now being investigated

in connection with hundreds more similar cases of suspicious deaths.

Brazil Murder Doctor Probed over More Deaths

by health ministry investigator Mario Lobato is re-examining the 1,872 deaths

that have happened over the past seven years in the intensive care unit led by

56-year-old Virginia Soares de Souza.

A team led

Lobato said in an interview with Globo television that 20 of these deaths at

the Evangelical hospital in the southern city of Curitiba are now deemed

suspicious and 300 more are under review.

On Sunday,

lawyer scoffed at the figure, accusing Lobato of “trying to sensationalize with

the number of deaths in an intensive care unit.”

De Souza’s

Brazilian health ministry, the hospital nor the prosecutor’s office of the

state of Parana would comment on the case.

Neither the

arrested in February and held for one month before being released on bail. She

has denied all the charges against her.

De Souza was

negligent, careless. I was never blamed for ethical violations and I practiced

medicine in a conscientious and correct manner,” she told Globo on Sunday.

“I was never

doctors and two nurses from the same unit have also been charged with murder

while a physiotherapist and a nurse face lesser charges.


the prosecution, several patients in the unit died from asphyxiation after

being given muscle-relaxing medication and having their oxygen supply reduced.

According to

investigation began two years ago after former hospital employees and relatives

of the patients reported allegedly suspicious deaths.


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