A Brazilian doctor charged with murdering seven hospital patients is now being investigated in connection with hundreds more similar cases of suspicious deaths.
doctor charged with murdering seven hospital patients is now being investigated
in connection with hundreds more similar cases of suspicious 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.
lawyer scoffed at the figure, accusing Lobato of “trying to sensationalize with
the number of deaths in an intensive care unit.”
Brazilian health ministry, the hospital nor the prosecutor’s office of the
state of Parana would comment on the case.
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.
investigation began two years ago after former hospital employees and relatives
of the patients reported allegedly suspicious deaths.