Judges at the Kassel District Court said the woman, 51, whose name was not released, used a forged license to work as an anesthesiologist. It was determined that three patients died due to her mistakes in treatment, and several others suffered serious consequences.
The court found the woman guilty of three murders and ten attempted murders. While working in the hospital, she incorrectly dosed anesthetics, did not adequately treat the case of sepsis and caused damage to the cardiovascular system to some patients.
Due to the lack of oxygen, some patients had their organs failed. The judges explained the verdict by the gravity of the crime. This reduces the convict's ability to be released after serving 15 years, which is the shortest time a convict in Germany has to spend in prison before his release can be considered.
The convict worked in the hospital in Fritzlar from 2015 to 2018, after which she moved to a clinic in the north of Germany. Officials of the regional medical association noticed illogicalities in her documentation, after which she reported to the authorities for employment fraud.
Prosecutors accused the woman of wrongfully taking a dose of anesthetics and failing to treat blood poisoning at a hospital in Fritzlar, a town near Kassel. It is also said that she was responsible for hours of oxygen deprivation as well as damage to the cardiovascular system and organ failure in the patients, the DPA reported.
Prosecutors claimed that the woman acted on the basis of an extreme need for recognition. Officials from a regional medical association flagged discrepancies in her records, and she eventually turned herself into employment fraud.
Hesse Medical Association and his former employer also reported her.
Her life as an anesthesiologist
The 51-year-old had already anesthetized almost 500 patients. Just as many witnesses have been heard in the one-and-a-half-year proceedings against her: Nurses told how she trembled when she was given spinal anesthesia, and how she got angry when patients questioned her skills.
Doctors reported that she lacked basic knowledge, that she often seemed completely overwhelmed and helpless. She cried all the time, said the head of internal medicine in Fritzlar, where she started her career as a clinician.