Doctor accused of killing 7 patients to free up beds, might have killed over 300
A Brazilian doctor, on trial for killing seven patients in order to free up hospital beds, could be responsible for more than three hundred deaths health authorities have said. In what could be one of the world’s worst serial killings, Virginia Soares de Souza, a 56-year old widow, is accused of administering fatal doses of muscle-relaxing drugs, and reducing the amount of oxygen to people on life-support machines at the Evangelica Hospital of Curitiba. Prosecutors for the state of Parana said wiretaps of De Souza’s phone conversations revealed that her motive was to free up hospital beds for other patients.
“I want to clear the intensive care unit. It’s making me itch,” she said in one recording released to Brazilian media. “Unfortunately, our mission is to be go-betweens on the springboard to the next life,” she added in the same phone call.
In some cases, De Souza was absent from the hospital and gave instructions to end the life of a patient by telephone to members of her medical team. Reuters/More Details