Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
Fausta Bonino, a 56-year-old nurse, has been arrested following an investigation into 13 deaths that occurred after surgery in a state-run hospital in Tuscany, Italy. Bonino is suspected of having “administered fatal doses of a blood-thinning drug,” according to the Associated Press.
Most of the patients suffered severe hemorrhaging during the procedures and investigators later determined that each had a level of anticoagulant in their bloodstreams up to 10 times the recommended dose, investigators told a news conference.
None of the patients was terminal at the time of the surgeries, which included a routine operation for a broken femur, they said.
A special health division of the Carabinieri state police launched the investigation last June after noting statistical anomalies in the anesthesia and reanimation department of the state-run hospital in Piombino, a coastal city 70 kilometres southwest of Florence.
The deaths occurred from January 2014 through mid-2015, with the patients ranging from their 60s to 80s.
In Belgium, where euthanasia is legal, a 2013 study found that 1.7% of all deaths, representing more than 1000 deaths, were intentionally hastened without request.
Legalizing euthanasia according to the Belgian definitions leads to the perfect cover-up for murder.
According to the media report, the authorities stated that there does not appear to be a motive.
“Bonino’s case follows that of Daniela Poggiali, a 44-year-old former nurse who received a life sentence in early March for the murder of one of the 38 patients she was initially suspected of having killed at a hospital in southern Italy,” according to AFP.
Editor’s note. This appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com and is reprinted with permission.