2 nurses in Uruguay charged with killing patients
Suspects in the killings of patients by nurses are transferred to a police van after a court appearance on Sunday.
March 19th, 2012
12:50 AM ET

2 nurses in Uruguay charged with killing patients

Two male nurses face murder charges in Uruguay after admitting to killing a total of at least 16 patients in two hospitals in the country's capital, Montevideo, a judge told CNN affiliate Teledoce.

One of the men has been charged with five aggravated homicides, while the other has been charged with 11 aggravated homicides, Judge Rolando Vomero said in an interview with Teledoce, noting that the two men appeared to have acted independently of each other.

The authorities are also charging a woman as being an accomplice in one of the murders, he said.

According to Vomero, the two male nurses both said they killed the patients because they did not want to see them suffer. But not all those killed were terminally ill, he added.

The killings took place at the hospitals of Maciel and La Espanola in Montevideo, the judge said.

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  1. Superman

    Its happened here in the USA, a few times that i can remember

    March 19, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    If i was terminal i would want medically aided suicide.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ran

    How ill were they? Still not right, though. It is hard, in this world, to negociate some unexpected travesties.

    March 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. asdf

    in uruguay eutanasia is illegal.
    doctors can only help, ina terminal case, for the client to not suffer and have dignity in his last moments.

    anyways, what the lawyers defending the nurses said, that they wanted to avoid them suffering, etc are lies.
    one of the cases was that the patient was not even ill any more, her family was on their way to pick him up, when the nurse injected her and killed her.
    in some cases just because they didnt liked them or they demanded care, etc.

    the excuses that they were only terminal patients, are lies, already deonstrated.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asdf

    last specialists said they can be charged. they are not mentally ill, although we all think they are animals, crazy, etc
    but they were completely aware of what they were doing. they did it sistematically.
    at the start it was said they both didnt knew each other. But now its known that one of them is the godfather of the child of the 2nd nurse.
    their actions were not coordinated, although both were aware that the other one had the same practices. Apparently, they even competed.

    audits and protocols in medicine were not intended to suppose criminals on a daily basis, but protocols were aimed at patients health and getting better.
    now, protocols will have to be adjusted so to consider on a standard basis the possibility of a criminal act.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. panama expats

    I'll be back for more great posts

    May 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |