A British nurse is facing a medical counsel hearing about how she reportedly joked about throwing a baby with Cerebral Palsy out the window because she got frustrated that the baby kept pulling his medical monitors off of his body. During the hearing, Louise Hull admitted losing her temper and threatening the child and the hearing heard how Hull had also made other disparaging comments about disabled patients.
The hearing comes as another nurse has been arrested for allegedly killing up to 38 patients because she found them or their relatives annoying.
The Mirror newspaper has more about Hull’s incidents:
During the incident at Southend University Hospital, Essex, on May 27, 2010, she said: ‘If you don’t stop pulling your tubes out and if these bloody alarms keep going off I’m going to have to throw you out the window.’
On another occasion when talking about premature babies, she said: ‘It would be alright if these babies had some quality of life but they don’t.’
When a 10-year-old boy was admitted to the ward with severe stomach pain on 8 June, 2010, Hull said: ‘If the doctor takes your appendix out and it’s normal then you owe me two kisses and it has to be tongues.’
The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard she also told the youngster to ‘do as you’re told’, adding: ‘They might take something else out as well’.
She also admits making inappropriate comments to the child with appendicitis and about the baby with cerebral palsy, but denies her fitness to practice is currently impaired.
Hull could be banned from practicing medicine depending on the outcome of the hearing.
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In the case of the nurse who killed 38 patients, Daniela Poggiali, an Italian nurse, was found to have killed the patients after the death of Rosa Calderoni brought her crimes to light after she died from an injection of potassium. Officials suspect that Ms. Poggiali may have killed two more patients on the same day of Calderoni’s death.