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Doctor Charged with Murder to Create Hospital Bed Space

Updated on March 28, 2013
Dr. Virginia de Sousa being escorted
Dr. Virginia de Sousa being escorted
The crime scene
The crime scene

Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza and three other doctors have been charged with murder by giving muscle relaxing drugs to patients, reducing their oxygen supply to to die of asphyxia at the Evangelical Hospital in the southern city of Curitiba, Brazil.


The only answer provided by her was to create bed space in the small hospital. The patients killed were mostly invalid and many were going to die anyway. However, while she is only charged with seven murders so far, investigators fear that the toll could rise to 300!

Police found out using wiretaps and hearing conversations of her discussing this to make additional bed space. The victims were all in intensive care and by the her own words needed some help to the next world. Some 1,700 cases are now being looked at. The common thread was that all patients were given a muscle relaxant such as Pancuronium (trademark Pavulon) increasing patient dependence on artificial respiration, which was then turned off.

Prosecutors said Dr. Virginia De Souza felt she had the power to decree the moment when a victim would die.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      It would be the second most horrific murders. Let's not forget about the dentist who has infected thousands with HIV.

    • poetvix profile image

      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      After having done a brief six month stint as an activity director in a nursing home many years ago, I can understand knowing someone is suffering and has no chance. I can understand wanting to help ease the passage. It doesn't justify this. No one has the right to play God. Further, can we say power trip much? If that 300 number is in the ball park, wouldn't that make her one of the most prolific mass murderers of our day? So much for the Hippocratic oath. Thank you for a chilling read.