Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Nurse Enjoyed Sending Patients Into Cardiac Arrest, Allegedly Killed 86

Nurse Enjoyed Sending Patients Into Cardiac Arrest, Allegedly Killed 86

Though the patient survived, Hoegel was arrested in June 2008 and sentenced to seven and a half years in jail for several cases of attempted murder.

Kuehme said numerous deaths could have been prevented if the medical officials at the clinics in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst would have gotten law enforcement involved sooner. "As if that were not enough, we have to accept realize that the real scale of the killings is probably many times worse".

The number of killings was likely higher because some victims were cremated, making it impossible to gather evidence, he added.

At least 84 of the convicted killer's former patients were found to have died after suffering from injections of five different forms of medication, Johan Kuehme, chief of police in Oldenburg, told reporters.

Now serving a life sentence, Hoegel admitted to injecting 30 patients at a clinic in Delmenhorst, northern Germany, with deadly doses of heart medication.

His crimes came to light after he was convicted of attempted murder in another case, which led authorities to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume bodies of his former patients from Delmenhorst and the nearby Oldenburg hospital.

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Hoegel admitted during his trial that he caused cardiac crises in approximately 90 patients so could resuscitate them.

Criminal cases are now being pursued against former staff at the two facilities, Associated Press reported.

Kuehme said other medical workers at Oldenburg were aware of an elevated number of resuscitations, and initial indications of possible wrongdoing by the nurse in Delmenhorst emerged as early as April 2003.

The special commission, launched in October 2014, combed through evidence that included more than 500 patient files.

The victims' names have not been released.

He said he felt euphoric when he managed to bring a patient back to life, and devastated when he failed, AFP said.

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