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Nurse who turned off patient's life support now in custody

There were a lot of questions that arose after an incident at Wesley Medical Center resulted in the death of a 77-year-old patient. Of the many questions, there was one that stood out above the rest: why had a registered nurse shut off the life-supporting machines of the patient who was receiving treatment at the hospital?

It’s this very question that has likely been on the minds of the victim’s family since the incident occurred and has probably even prevented them from fully grieving the loss of their loved one. But police might be able to provide an answer to this question now because the 28-year-old nurse turned herself into police this month.

According to police, the Mississippi woman turned herself in after having been indicted in Lamar County for second-degree murder charges. Now it will be up to the courts to determine whether her actions resulted in the wrongful death of the patient. If her actions are considered callous in nature, it’s likely that she could be convicted of depraved heart murder.

Regardless of the outcome though, the victim’s family may take civil action against the nurse, citing negligence as the reason for their loved ones death. Although reports do not indicate whether this is the course of action that the family plans on taking, it’s worth noting that it is a possibility in a case like this.

As our Alcorn County readers know, victims of medical malpractice can receive compensation, which can be used to cover medical bills and lost wages. In the case above, compensation could also be used to cover burial costs as well. As for now, our readers will just have to wait and see what the family decides to do.

Source: WLBT News, “South Miss. nurse arrested for depraved heart murder,” Mary Grace Eppes, Feb. 26, 2014

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