Police have arrested a Texas nurse after it emerged he had been tampering with patients’ arterial lines during their recovery from operations. Authorities have confirmed the identity of the first victim as 47-year-old Christopher Greenaway. Meanwhile the family of the other victim have confirmed that the second person who died is Perry Frank, aged 61.
Police have also told the press that at the moment seven total victims have been confirmed. Two are dead, two are in a coma, and another three are awake but are continuing to experience medical complications due to nurse’s actions. Although police are investigating other patients who have come into contact with the nurse in question raising suspicions that more as-yet-unidentified victims are still out there.
Texas nurse is arrested for murder after tampering with a patient's IV and inducing a fatal stroke https://t.co/N91o9jRh0y— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 11, 2018
The incidents in question occurred at the Peaches and Louis Owen Heart Hospital in Texas where William George Davis, aged 34, worked as a nurse. Doctors became suspicious after arterial lines recorded increased disturbances whenever William was in the room. Doctors also noticed upon autopsy some of the dead patients had air in their brains. Combined with the fact all of the patients were relatively young and recovering from surgeries as expected these facts convinced doctors that homicide may be the explanation.
In one incident doctors questioned Davis after he entered a room for a minute and the arterial line exhibited noticeable abnormalities. He told them he had gone into replace an IV pump but doctors quickly realised he had been lying. This helped confirm that Davis had “manipulated the arterial line”.
Arterial lines are small catheters inserted into arteries that can be used to take measurements from the patient. They were instrumental in helping doctors understand what was happening in this case.
Davis’ behaviour has already wrought a terrible cost, but police and doctors are still unclear how far that might extend into the past. Already, at least two of his former patients are in comas and another two have experienced stroke-like symptoms due to the introduction of air into their brain. These include permanent damage to their vision and motor skills which will impact their qualify-of-life until death.
Former Texas nurse charged with murder https://t.co/I7s4CmuTRH— kellyl8n (@kellyl8n) April 12, 2018
Police issued the following statement:
CHRISTUS approached the Smith County District Attorney and the Tyler Police Department with concerns that a nurse may have been involved in intentionally causing harm to several patients at one of their hospitals after learning that patients were experiencing unexplained symptoms inconsistent with their treatment and recovery.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families who have been affected by these acts. The assistance and cooperation from the Smith County District Attorney and CHRISTUS have been extremely beneficial during the initial stages of this investigation.