Czech nurse kills 6 patients to decrease her workload

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Vera Maresova

Vera Maresova

A nurse in the Czech Republic has admitted to killing 6 people with a massive dose of potassium in order to decrease her workload.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, Vera Maresova, 50, confessed to killing five women and one man over a four-year period at a hospital in Rumburk in the Czech Republic.

The Daily Mail article stated:

Dubbed 'Nurse Death' by local media, Maresova was initially arrested over the death of a 70-year-old woman last August, but has now admitted killing five more people between 2010 and 2014 following a police investigation. 
According to the prosecution, Maresova injected the potassium straight into the blood stream of her six elderly patients, which caused them to suffer heart failure and eventually death. 
All of her victims were already in the intensive care unit at the hospital and it is believed Maresova thought their deaths would simply be attributed to natural causes.

According to the Daily Mail Prosecutor Frantisek Stibor said: 

'She is not insane and knew exactly what she was doing. Therefore she is fit to stand trial. 
'She used her knowledge of medicine to cause malfunctions in heart rhythms which led to heart failure and death.'

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