Two male nurses, ages 39 and 46, working at the hospitals of Maciel and La Espanola in Montevideo, Uruguay, have confessed to the killing of at least 16 patients because they wanted to ‘relieve the patients of their pain,’ CNN said.
Judge Rolando Vomero told CNN the two appeared to have acted independently of each other. One of the men worked in the neurosurgery department at La Espanola, while the other worked in the same department and in the cardiology ward of the hospital in Marciel.
The lawyers stated in defense of their clients that the two did the killing ‘out of mercy’ to their patients either by injecting air bubbles into their bloodstream or administering a morphine overdose.
But Interior Minister Eduardo Bonomi said not all those killed were terminally ill, one patient had a discharge order already signed one day before his death.
One of the nurses has been charged with 5 aggravated homicides while the other with 11 aggravated homicides.