Nurse at German hospital admits killings

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18 April 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A 54-year-old nurse at one of Germany's most prestigious hospitals admitted Wednesday she had deliberately killed patients using a medication that lowers blood pressure. But the woman denied she had been heinous, saying in a statement read aloud in her court by her lawyer that she had acted "for the good of the patients" at the high-rise Charite Hospital in central Berlin. She stood up and told the court, "I am sorry that I interfered by my own hand in the fates of others." Th

18 April 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A 54-year-old nurse at one of Germany's most prestigious hospitals admitted Wednesday she had deliberately killed patients using a medication that lowers blood pressure.

But the woman denied she had been heinous, saying in a statement read aloud in her court by her lawyer that she had acted "for the good of the patients" at the high-rise Charite Hospital in central Berlin.

She stood up and told the court, "I am sorry that I interfered by my own hand in the fates of others."

The nurse, who was exposed last year after two other staff suspected the patients had not died naturally, is charged with six murders and two attempted murders. She admitted killing four people.

She asked relatives of the dead people to forgive her.

The Charite is Europe's biggest teaching hospitals and tens of thousands of German doctors learned their profession there. In the communist era, it was one of the finest hospitals behind the Iron Curtain and was patronized by communist heads of state.

Prosecutor Thorsten Neudeck said the women had played master over life and death in the incidents from late 2005 till October 2006. She has been in pre-trial custody since October.

One patient survived the injections and another died of his illness rather than the dose of poison, so his case was being prosecuted as attempted murder.

Medication to reduce blood pressure take the strain off blood vessels and cause the heart to beat more slowly. Overdoses can lead to the heart ceasing to beat altogether.

In November, a court handed a life term to male nurse Stephan Letter, 28, Germany's worst serial killer since World War II, for killing 28 of his patients at a hospital in Sonthofen in the south of Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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