Monday, August 21, 2017

Nurses sentenced to prison for alleged poisoning of four-year-old

A Sverdlovsk court sentenced two nurses from regional children's hospital No. 1 to prison last Thursday after their actions were proven to have directly contributed to the death of a four-year-old patient.

"The court in a simplified manner considered a criminal case against the defendants," regional prosecutor Lydia Smirnova said, according to ITAR-TASS. "At oral argument that state prosecution demanded the maximum punishment for them. After reviewing all the facts of the case, the court chose the penalty of...two years and three months for one and two years and four months for the second."

The defendants were convicted of poisoning the four year-old in February due to incorrectly administering drug treatments. The nurses were instructed by the hospital's chief physician Lyubov Malyamova to give the patient an intravenous dose of saline.

Following the child's death it was discovered that the nurses had been unknowingly injecting foreign chemical substances, including household cleaning products, in place of saline, ITAR-TASS reports.

Two other children, ages six and seven, were hospitalized earlier this year after falling ill in response to routine saline injections. Investigators discovered that those children were also unknowingly injected with foreign chemicals and cleaning agents.

Malyamova resigned as chief physician of the hospital following the four year-old's death in February, according to ITAR-TASS.