By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
A British nurse was sentenced to life in prison for killing two people and poisoning 20 others.
Victorino Chua, a nurse from Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport UK, was convicted on Tuesday of killing Tracey Arden (44) and Derek Weaver (83) and poisoning 20 more people by intentionally putting lethal amounts of insulin into Saline bags to poison patients.
Grant Misell, who was one of the poisoned patients who survived, was brain damaged from the insulin poisoning.
“In all, Chua was convicted of two murders, 22 counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, one count of grievous bodily harm, seven attempts of administering poison and one count of administering poison,” according to Martin Evans of the Daily Telegraph.
Investigators also learned that Chua was not a qualified nurse.
According to the Evans [www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11614593/Stepping-Hill-killer-nurse-Victorino-Chua-jailed-for-life.html], Justice Openshaw stated in sentencing Chau that:
“It is a striking, sinister and truly wicked feature of the case, he did not personally administer contaminated products directly to most of these patients but having left saline bags contaminated with insulin he did not know which nurse would unwittingly collect them and still less to which patient the nurse would then unwittingly administer the poison.
“It is as if he left it to fate to decide who would be the victim.”
The euthanasia lobby claims that legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide decreases the number of deaths without request by physicians. The facts do not back up their claim.
Cases where a doctor or a nurse intentionally causes the death of a patient is not uncommon.
A recent NEJM study on the practice of euthanasia in the Flanders region of Belgium found that 1.7% of all deaths (more than 1,000 deaths) were hastened without explicit request in 2013.
The Lancet study analyzing the Netherlands euthanasia experience found that there were 310 hastened deaths without explicit consent in 2010.
Several cases have been reported in the media in the past such as the death of David Gray, in which the doctor received a nine month suspended sentence for negligence causing death.
Several medical professionals have intentionally killed patients, such as: Dr. Harold Shipman, Charles Cullen, Dr Virginia Soares de Souza, Aino Nykopp-Koski, and Dr. Michael Swango.
Editor’s note. This appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com