The South American country of Brazil has been rocked by news of the arrest of an intensive care unit doctor accused of murdering seven patients and linked to the suspicious deaths of more than 300 people under her care. Dr. Virginia Soares de Souza is accused of leading a plot to murder terminally ill patients in a bid to speed their removal from much needed beds at the Evangelical Hospital in the southern Brailian city of Curitiba. Dr. de Souza was arrested in February along with seven of her medical team who are accused of carrying out her orders to kill their patients.

According to the BBC, prosecutors claim the 56 year old doctor ordered her assistants to give patients muscle relaxing drugs before lowering oxygen supplies in a bid to asphyxiate intensive care patients with little chance of survival. So far the investigation into the deaths at the hospital has seen more than 1,700 deaths reviewed with over 300 linked to the team at the center of the arrests.

Alongside the arrest of Dr. de Souza seven of her medical staff have also been arrested, including three doctor’s, three nurses and a physiotherapist. State prosecutors claim a series of medical staff at the Evangelical Hospital raised concerns over the number and types of deaths suffered by patients in Dr. de Souza’s care.


Brazil studies Curitiba doctor’s link to 300 deaths